1. ITV Report

Welsh Government to tackle air quality in Wales

The Welsh Government will lead a debate on tackling air quality in Wales.

The British Lung Foundation in Wales says poor air quality can cause lung damage. Credit: PA

They will look at the following ways to improve air quality in Wales.

a) a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) framework to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of clean air zones by local authorities, wherever they are needed;

b) improvements to local authority reporting on air quality issues in their areas and their plans to deal with them;

c) the establishment of a national air quality assessment and monitoring centre for Wales, to advise local and national government on the extent of poor air quality and the effectiveness of current and future actions;

d) the delivery of an on-going air quality campaign and other interventions to raise public awareness of poor air quality and to change behaviour.

We welcome the motion and the commitment of Welsh Government, however, we need strong leadership to make CAZs happen.

Air pollution is continuing to damage the lungs of people in Wales, especially those who are vulnerable such as children (because of their developing lungs), and those who have a lung condition such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We need action now

– Joseph Carter, Head of British Lung Foundation Wales and Chair of Healthy Air Cymru

Friends of the Earth Cymru says urgent action is needed.

We need a clear, comprehensive and funded Clean Air Plan for Wales, including effective Clean Air Zones to protect people from exposure to pollution for all vehicles in our polluted towns and cities, better monitoring of air quality across Wales, and infrastructure to enable active travel with safe walking and cycling routes.

We look forward to working with the Welsh Government, the Assembly and other experts to develop these proposal as a matter of urgency.

– H Elgar, Director of Friends of the Earth Cymru