Introduction

The Clean Air Alliance UK is a broad partnership of different interests all with the common aim of improving air quality and working towards healthier air. It comprises environmental interest groups, companies, public bodies and academic institutions.

The overall mission of the Alliance is to accelerate progress towards clean and healthy air. It is envisaged as a loose association that will complement existing activities of its partners and support them through a wider network of companies, public bodies, organisations and individuals. 

The Alliance focuses on the development and implementation of practical measures to reduce air pollution. Initially, the programme of work is based on the recommendations of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s 2014 report, Action on Air Quality.

The Objectives

  1. Raise the political profile of air pollution, its health impacts and opportunities for reducing it
  2. To raise public awareness of clean air as a public health issue
  3. Develop and promote national actions to accelerate progress towards clean air and support Local Authorities in implementation, starting with the recommendations of Action on Air Quality
  4. To support the development of EU policies that are effective in delivering clean air and their implementation in the UK

The Actions

  • Developing and promoting a national framework for low emission zones
  • Promoting low emission and electric vehicles
  • Implementation of emission controls for non-road mobile machinery
  • Launching an annual Clean Air Action week
  • Promoting guidance for reducing air pollution through the planning system and development control
  • Ensuring the continued availability of high resolution clean air data

Further actions that have been identified for later action

  • Voluntary schemes to incentivise clean air action
  • Amendments to company reporting requirements to include air quality performance
  • Enhanced enforcement of current regulations
  • Scrappage schemes for older, more polluting, vehicles 

Dan Byles,
Chair, The Clean Air Alliance UK

Dan chairs the Clean Air Alliance.  He also chairs the independent UK smart city trade association SmarterUK, bringing together stakeholders from across sectors, championing smart city development within the UK and helping to shape the strategic policy environment for smart city solutions. 
 
Dan is Vice President of Corporate Development of the award winning technology company Living PlanIT where he is responsible for building and leading corporate level strategic partnerships and alliances including design wins, strategic partners and investors, managing the company deals pipeline and participating in the assessment of target markets.
 
Before joining Living PlanIT, Dan was the Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire serving on both the Energy and Climate Change and the Science & Technology Select Committees. He has strong expertise in energy, environment and clean tech policy, serving on the Parliamentary Bill Committee for the Energy Act 2013 and chairing a number of high profile All Party Parliamentary Groups.  Dan was the founding Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Smart Cities Group and a member of the UK Government Ministerial Smart CityForum.