This report by the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change makes the case for much more integrated strategies to address air pollution and climate change.
The report, published in September 2016, argues that approaches to addressing both challenges simultaneously will create much greater health benefits and cost-savings than strategies which address them separately.
Both air pollution and climate change pose serious risks to public health in the UK, but a joined-up approach to tackling them can reap enormous benefits. This is particularly true for the most vulnerable members of society, and can help cut the associated health burden and costs to the NHS.
This report outlines six key steps that the Government and the UK health sector must take to improve air quality and tackle climate change in a coherent way:
- Increase cross-departmental collaboration to promote a joined-up approach to tackling air pollution and climate change
- Phase-out coal power stations by 2025
- Expand existing clean air zones and extend their use to other cities
- Better monitor air pollution in areas where the most vulnerable populations live
- Retain or improve air quality standards that the previous EU regulations afforded us
- Better inform and support health professionals to take local action and provide advice to patients
See the report infographic: