CleanAirScotThe Scottish Government recently announced the publication of ‘Cleaner Air for Scotland – The Road to a Healthier Future’, a new national strategy aiming to achieve cleaner air quality for Scotland.

Scotland’s Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Aileen McLeod said, “In recent decades polluting outputs have been reduced – but despite these efforts, pockets of poorer air quality still remain in many of our towns and cities.

IfYouCareCleanAirCleaner Air for Scotland is our first distinct air quality strategy. It sets out actions across government portfolios that will further reduce air pollution, with a particular emphasis on protecting human health and reducing health inequalities.

Responding to the launch of the publication Friends of the Earth Scotland Air pollution campaigner Emilia Hanna said,

“Many people have put lots of time into creating this Strategy and it signals important steps in the right direction but it is very disappointing that Scotland will still be waiting for clean air well beyond 2020. Scotland is going to set tougher targets to protect health but doesn’t have a plan which will deliver them any time soon. In particular, there are not enough measures in the Strategy to get the most polluting traffic off our roads.”

Cleaner Air for Scotland can be downloaded from the Scottish Government website.

You can read the full response from Friends of the Earth Scotland on their website.