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Council urges people in North Hertfordshire to reduce air pollution

North Hertfordshire council urges the public to reduce their contribution to air pollution ahead of Clean Air Day. 

On June 17, Clean Air Day will see schools, workplaces, and communities take action to reduce air pollution.

North Hertfordshire District Council (NHDC) is supporting this initiative through their new campaign which highlights what individuals can to reduce their contribution to air pollution.

The theme of this year’s Clean Air Day is ‘protecting our children’s health from air pollution.’ The council has provided the public with their top suggestions on how to do this, these include:

  • Walk and cycle more
  • Avoid lighting bonfires, barbecues, and fire pits if at all possible
  • If you have to drive and there are no other more sustainable forms of transport available
  • Switch your engine off when you’re stationary, and try to choose electric vehicles where you can

Cllr Steve Jarvis, NHDC’s executive member for the environment said: ‘As part of our commitment to improving air quality in North Herts, NHDC’s Environmental Health Team regularly monitors air quality across the district.

‘We are introducing Ultra Low Emission Vehicles for our officers, we’ve made the switch to renewable energy and green gas power to heat our buildings and we have made changes to our Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Policy to limit emissions from vehicles, to name just a few actions.

‘All actions feed into our Climate Change Strategy, where we have pledged to achieve net-zero emissions in the district by 2030.

‘We are fully committed to making changes that reduce our impact on air quality, but ultimately tackling air pollution is down to the choices and actions of all of us, as individuals and communities.

‘People can reduce the pollution their family is exposed to and help improve the air quality for both themselves and the wider community by making small changes to how they travel, what they buy, and how they manage their home.’

Photo by Mark kassinos

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