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How Can We Help Control Environmental Pollution?

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The UK government has promised to make environmental pollution a priority following concerning reports that the country’s high level of air pollution could be responsible for around 40,000 premature deaths a year.

With government legislation now in place that aims to improve air quality, is there anything else we can do to help look after the environment? This post will look at the government legislation around improving pollution and what we can do at home and at work to help them reach their goals.

Government Legislation

Our local and national government work together to improve air quality by placing controls on emissions of harmful pollutants and the concentrations of them in the environment.

Some of the legislation in place includes the Clean Air Act that aims to reduce pollution from smoke grit and dust and the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 that regulates industrial emissions.

Local authorities are responsible for reviewing the air quality in their areas and checking that they meet the national air quality objectives. If they don’t, they can put extra controls in place by declaring an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and producing a plan for improvements they will make.

Air Quality in the Home

When you think about air pollution, you may not think about the air quality inside your home, office or car. With so much of our time spent indoors, it could be beneficial for our health if we take some steps to improve the pollution inside our homes. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Don’t smoke indoors – the gas and particles settle in the carpet or any furnishings, which can cause health problems from third-hand smoke.
  • Use natural cleaning supplies to avoid harsh chemical fumes that can exacerbate asthma or lung conditions.
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce the moisture in the air
  • Dust and vacuum frequently
  • Make sure your gas stove is well-ventilated

With these steps, you can help provide a better quality of life for both you and your family in your home.

Going Electric

With the number of cars on our roads being a big contributor to the high levels of air pollution in the UK, the government have recently announced that all new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be banned in the UK from 2040.

This pledge means that electric cars will soon be the norm and their eco-friendly status and lack of emissions is the right step towards limiting the amount of nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere, which is believed to be a major risk to public health.

Controlling Industrial Pollution

Environmental pollution caused by industry is heavily controlled to reduce their negative impact. The main polluting industries include metal production and processing, mineral industries, waste landfill sites, waste treatment and paper, pulp and board manufacturing industries.

For businesses concerned about environmental impact, there’s a few steps you can take:

  • Check what controls your local council have in place in your area because they have the power to introduce extra ones if there are problems with air quality
  • Check smoke control areas and whether you’re in anAQMA area as this could affect your business
  • Install a tailored air pollution control system – ERG, for example, provide pollution-control solutions across a broad range of industries

If you’re concerned about your impact on the environment, you can make some changes that will aid the government’s legislation to help improve the air quality in the UK and control environmental pollution. With these tips, you can improve the quality of life both in your home or workplace, as well as the wider environment.

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How the Auto Industry is Lowering Emissions

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Currently, the automotive industry is undergoing an enormous change in a bid to lower carbon emissions. This has been pushed by the Government and their clean air plans, where they have outlined a plan to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Public Health Crisis

It is said that the levels of air pollution lead to 40,000 early deaths in the UK, with London being somewhere that is particularly bad. This has led to the new T-Charge, where heavy polluting cars will pay a new charge on top of the existing congestion charge. Other cities have taken action too, with Oxford recently announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel cars from the city centre by 2020.

Eco-Friendly Vehicles

It is clear that the Government is taking action, but what about the auto industry? With the sale of petrol and diesel plummeting and a sharp rise in alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is clear that the industry is taking note and switching focus to green cars. There are now all kinds of fantastic eco-friendly cars available and a type to suit every motorist whether it is a small city car or an SUV.

Used Cars

Of course, it is the cars that are currently on the road that are causing the problem. The used car market is enormous and filled with polluting automobiles, but there are steps that you can take to avoid dangerous automobiles. It is now more important than ever to get vehicle checks carried out through HPI, as these can reveal important information about the automobile’s past and they find that 1 in 3 cars has a hidden secret of some kind. Additionally, they can now perform recall checks to see if the manufacturer has recalled that particular automobile. This allows people to shop confidently and find vehicles that are not doing as much damage to the environment as others.

Public Perception

With the rise in sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, it is now becoming increasingly more common to see them on UK roads. Public perception has changed drastically in the last few years and this is because of the air pollution crisis, as well as the fact that there are now so many different reasons to switch to electric cars, such as Government grants and no road tax. A similar change in public opinion has happened in the United States, with electric car sales up by 47% in 2017.

Progress

The US is leading the way for lowering emissions as they have declined by 758 million metric tons since 2005, which is the largest amount by far with the UK in second with a decline of 170 million metric tons. Whilst it is clear that these two nations are doing a good job, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to improve the air quality and stop so many premature deaths as a result of pollution.

With the Government’s plans, incentives to make the change and a change in public perception, it seems that the electric car revolution is fully underway.

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Consumers Investing in Eco-Friendly Cars with the UK Green Revolution

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The UK public appears to be embracing the electric car UK Green Revolution, as recent statistics reveal that more and more consumers are making the switch from petrol and diesel to electric or alternatively fuelled vehicles. The demand for diesel fell by almost a third in October compared to last year, whilst hybrid and electric cars rose by a staggering 36.9%.

Time for UK Green Revolution Change

So, what is the reason for this sudden change? This comes down to the current situation in the UK, which has led to people embracing eco-friendly technologies and automobiles. One of the main reasons is the Government’s clean air plans, which includes the impending 2040 ban on petrol and diesel automobiles. There is then the rollout of the T-Charge in London, the city of Oxford announcing that they will be banning petrol and diesel from the city centre by 2020 and various other big announcements which take up a lot of space and time in the UK press.

h2>Diesel’s Reputation

In addition to this, the negative publicity against diesel has had a huge impact on the UK public. This has led to a lot of confusion over emissions, but actually, the newest low emission diesel automobiles will not face restrictions and are not as bad to drive as many believe. Most notably, German brand Volkswagen has been affected due to the emissions scandal in recent times. It was discovered that some emissions controls for VW’s turbocharged direct injection diesel engines were only activated during laboratory testing, so these automobiles were emitting 40 times more NO in real-world driving. As a result of this and all the negative publicity, the manufacturer has made adaptations and amended their vehicles in Europe. Additionally, they have made movements to improve the emissions from their cars, meaning that they are now one of the cleaner manufacturers. Their impressive range includes the Polo, Golf and Up, all of which can be found for affordable prices from places like Unbeatable Car.

The Current Market

The confusion over the Government’s current stance on diesel has clearly had a huge impact on the public. So much so that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has called on the Government to use the Autumn Budget to restore stability in the market and encourage the public to invest in the latest low emission automobiles. SMMT believes that this is the fastest and most effective way to address the serious air quality concerns in this country.

Incentives

One way that the Government has encouraged the public to make the switch is by making incentives. Motorists can benefit from a grant when they purchase a new plug-in vehicle, plus there are benefits like no road tax for electric vehicles and no congestion charge. When these are combined with the low running costs, it makes owning an electric automobile an appealing prospect and especially because there are so many great models available and a type to suit every motorist. One of the main reasons holding motorists back is the perceived lack of charging points. However, there are currently over 13,000 up and down the country with this number rapidly increasing each month. It is thought that the amount of charging points will outnumber petrol stations by 2020, so it is easy to see more and more motorists start to invest in electric cars way ahead of the 2040 ban.

It is an interesting time in the UK as people are now embracing the electric car revolution. The Government’s clean air plans seem to have accelerated this revolution, plus the poor publicity that diesel has received has only strengthened the case for making the switch sooner rather than later.

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