UK Government’s breach of EU air quality limits investigated by Committee

08 June 2018

The EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee investigates why the UK Government is being taken to court for failing to comply with the EU air quality Directive.


Wednesday 13 June in Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Katherine Nield, UK Clean Air Lawyer, CleanEarth

At 11.15am (approximately)

  • Polly Cook, Executive Programme Manager, Leeds City Council.
  • Mai Jarvis, Environmental Quality Team Manager, Oxford City Council
  • Marshall Poulton, Assistant Director (Transport), Newcastle City Council and Core Cities UK Chair

Areas of discussion

On 17 May 2018, the European Commission announced that it was referring the UK, and five other countries, to the Court of Justice of the European Union for significantly and persistently exceeding the limits for air pollutants set out in Directive 2008/50/EC. The Directive has required that Member States meet the limit for nitrogen dioxide since 2010 but the UK's levels are still well above those set.

This meeting will consider:

  • The extent to which the UK has implemented the Directive, and the barriers to full implementation
  • What the outcome of the court action might be
  • Whether Brexit could interrupt the court proceedings
  • How the UK Government will be held to account post-Brexit, in terms of meeting its air quality obligations

Further information

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