How can we reduce air pollution in Leeds?

Our Air Quality consultation has now closed. Some information about air pollution and what we are doing can be found below. For updates and further information, see the Clean Air Leeds website.

Leeds City Council has run two consultation events this year, asking residents and businesses their opinions about some of the proposed initiatives we are currently pursuing to reduce levels of air pollution in Leeds.

Consultation, Phase I (2nd January – 2nd March 2018)

The first consultation introduced the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) to the Leeds region and beyond. It was intended that the consultation would present some of the outline details of the CAZ based on initial guidance from JAQU.

Consultation, Phase II (29th June – 12th August 2018)

The second consultation provided some of the finer details of the CAZ to the Leeds region and beyond. Further analysis took place after the first consultation, and taking into account the feedback from the public and businesses, Leeds specific details were included in this consultation.


 

 

What is air pollution? What is air pollution? <div class="ExternalClass8B42AC5B4DF647019B0D1A7BD40782D0"><p>Air pollution is the term we use to describe gases and particles in the air that we breathe and are harmful to our health.</p><p>We can’t always see it but air pollution has serious implications for our health.</p><p>Evidence shows that spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen asthma symptoms, damage our lungs and is linked with an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.</p></div>
Why do we need to reduce air pollution?Why do we need to reduce air pollution?<div class="ExternalClassDA387AB67CA449FF8905A6359883D5C7"><p>The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has identified Leeds as one of many U.K. cities unlikely to comply with legal air quality levels by 2020.</p> <p>As a result of this, the government have instructed Leeds City Council to introduce a CAZ and take other actions to reduce air pollution as soon as possible in order to ensure that outdoor air pollution in Leeds does not exceed legal air quality levels.</p><p>Leeds City Council has both a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that no community in our city is forced to breathe illegal levels of polluted air. A failure to act could result in the council being charged with huge fines and, more importantly, potentially fatal consequences for local residents and workers.</p></div>
How were these proposals developed? How were these proposals developed? <div class="ExternalClassE16CC2E9705A4F33A4DDBFDFC7A054D4"><p>The proposals that we are consulting on are a result of many months of work and have been informed by comprehensive research and consultation including:</p><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>an informal consultation completed by almost 9,000 residents, visitors and businesses<br></li><li>guidance from the government</li><li>public engagement events with more than 80 trade groups and drop in engagement events attended by hundreds of residents</li><li>an economic analysis undertaken by independent experts</li><li>detailed modelling into the impact on traffic and vehicles emissions of various types/areas of CAZ</li></ul><p>You can find additional information in the <strong>related documents</strong> section of this page.</p> </div>
What is Leeds City Council currently doing to reduce air pollution in the city already?What is Leeds City Council currently doing to reduce air pollution in the city already?<div class="ExternalClass1D0A84A5E1654D54B9AC9E6F481E1FAF"><p>All of us that live and work in Leeds have a responsibility for reducing air pollution in the city.</p><p>As your local authority and one of the city’s largest employers, Leeds City Council is no different. We know we need to improve air quality in the city and are committed to doing our bit to make a difference.</p><p>For example we are already;</p> <ul class="list list-bullet"><li><strong>leading the way in transitioning our fleet of vehicles to ultra-low or zero emissions vehicles</strong>. Currently, the council have more low emissions vehicles than any other local authority in England with plans to further increase numbers over the next few years</li><br> <li><strong>investing in upgrading public transport and cycling infrastructure as part of our <a href="/parking-roads-and-travel/road-improvement-schemes/connecting-leeds">Connecting Leeds strategy</a> to make it easier to leave the car at home</strong>. All three major bus companies (First Leeds, Arriva and Transdev) have backed the strategy and have committed to ensuring their vehicles meet the latest emissions standard by 2020. Each have already begun to phase in their new, less polluting vehicles. Two park and ride sites are already operating successfully in the city, one at Elland Road, that has been extended, and the other at Temple Green. The two sites have saved a total of over 350,000 car journeys into the city to date</li><br> <li><strong>encouraging drivers to switch to ultra-low emissions vehicles (ULEVs) by offering free parking for residents with ULEVs at all council car parks</strong>. We’re also supporting the development and roll out of a number of charge points across the city for electric vehicles</li><br> <li><a rel="external" href="https://news.leeds.gov.uk/new-smart-signalling-system-set-to-help-traffic-scoot-along-major-leeds-road/">mitigating air pollution from stop-start driving by improving traffic flow through highways improvements across the city</a>. Stop-start driving increases the amount of air pollution your car puts out by up to 60% compared with driving at a steady pace</li><br> <li><strong>developing plans to pedestrianize more of the city centre</strong>. In partnership with WYCA, we’re developing ambitious plans to make Leeds city centre a more welcoming and less polluted space that is more easily accessible by public transport</li><br> <li>working with partners and companies across the UK to bring innovative and new solutions to the city, such as;<br><br> <ul class="list list-bullet"><li>developing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) infrastructure for the city which will enable our own fleet (including refuse vehicles) to switch to CNG as well as helping commercial fleet operators do the same. </li><li>project ACCRA will assess the operational ability of hybrid vehicles to automatically switch to zero emission mode when they are in an area of poor air quality</li><br> <li>Leeds secured £150,000 in partnership with Dearman Ltd to investigate the potential to reduce the impact of refrigerated transport on air quality in Leeds. This project can demonstrate how NOx emitted from these units can be eradicated from the chilled goods supply chain</li><br> <li>there is a statutory requirement to declare Air Quality Management Areas in residential areas of the city that show elevated levels of air pollution. Leeds currently has identified six areas in the city that fall into the category and require a targeted approach to improving air quality. <a rel="external" href="http://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/documents/s151727/Air%20Quality%20Cover%20Report%20V2%20071116.pdf">Find out more about this statutory requirement</a></li></ul></li></ul><p>There is plenty going on with the city, and it is not just the council that are leading the way. We are working with some of biggest institutions and organisations in the city to look at how we can all play our part in making the city a better place to live, work and play.</p></div>

 

 

Improving Air Quality within the Cityhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Improving Air Quality within the City.pdf3263581pdf
Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) Signagehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) Signage.pdf632718pdf
Best Council Plan 2015 - 2020https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC1 - Best Council Plan update 16-17.pdf1458109pdf
Early Measures Funding Summaryhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC2 - Early Measures Funding.pdf34092pdf
Annual Mean Nitrogen Dioxide Monitoring Resultshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC3 - NO2 Monitoring Data.pdf155671pdf
Maps of AQMAhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC4 - Maps of AQMA.pdf3633178pdf
CAZ optionshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC6 - Long list of CAZ options.pdf65394pdf
Charges Analysishttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC7 - Charging analysis.pdf197629pdf
Technical Summary of Transport Modellinghttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC8 - Transport Modelling incl Apps a to j.pdf13376111pdf
Strategic Case Boundary Maphttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Strategic Case Boundary Map.pdf1695304pdf
Appendix SC5 - Emission and Concentration Methodology Reporthttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Appendix SC5 - Emission and Concentration Methodology Report.pdf4700743pdf
Clean Air Solution for Leeds - Outline Business Case - Economic Casehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Clean Air Solution for Leeds - Outline Business Case - Economic Case.pdf2160830pdf
Clean Air Charging Zone First Stage Consultation Analysishttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Clean Air Charging Zone First Stage Consultation Analysis.pdf4411828pdf
Clean Air Charging Zone FAQshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Clean Air Charging Zone FAQs.pdf870367pdf

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