‘Year of Air’ in 2013
A longer version of this article, with more links included, can be seen at CAL website. This is the first of six articles by Simon Birkett for Politics Home in 2013. Other articles are expected to include: health; legal issues; sources and trends; indoor air quality; and next steps.
Government is expected to lobby for weaker public health protections at an informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers in Dublin next Monday and Tuesday.
Instead, we must hammer harmful emissions against the anvil of air quality laws.
European Union (EU) Environment Ministers are meeting in Dublin next Monday and Tuesday to advance policy discussions in the areas of air quality and climate change. The UK Government is expected to lobby for weaker public health protections despite 2013 being the ‘Year of Air’.
The European Commission (Commission) declared 2013 to be the ‘Year of Air’ in January 2011. It decided air pollution needed to be considered holistically after considering the need to update the National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NECD) and its duty separately under Article 32 of Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe to ‘review the provisions related to dangerous airborne particles (PM2.5) and, as appropriate, other pollutants, and [present] a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council [of Ministers]’.
Commissioner Potočnik launched the ‘Year of Air’ at a major event in Brussels on 8 January 2013. He highlighted the Commission’s latest estimates of 420,000 premature deaths from air pollution in the EU in 2010 and that two-thirds of the Natura 2000 network of protected sites is currently affected by eutrophication from air pollution. Continue reading
This article first appeared in the January 2013 issue of The Safety & Health Practitioner – www.shponline.co.uk
As a consequence of the many sources of pollution in buildings, air quality indoors can often be worse than outdoors, says Simon Birkett, who considers the evidence, the impact of poor air quality on workers and visitors, and what can be done to address the problem.
Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London (CAL) has written to the Secretary of State for Health calling for an investigation into indoor air quality guidance and compliance in healthcare premises.
An investigation by CAL has found that Department of Health (DoH) guidance for air filtration for healthcare premises, including hospitals, has not been updated to ensure full compliance with British and European standard EN 13779:2007 for indoor air quality.
Read the full letter here: http://cleanairinlondon.org/indoor-air-quality/air-quality-in-hospitals-may-be-no-better-than-warehouses/
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