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Evidence of integration of air quality management in the decision-making processes and procedures of English local government

Beattie, C. I.; Longhurst, James; Elsom, D. M.


C. I. Beattie

D. M. Elsom


The air quality management (AQM) framework in the UK is a risk management approach using effects-based objectives for air pollutants to determine the need for action. The Environment Act 1995 required a National Air Quality Strategy to be published, setting out health-based standards and objectives for eight pollutants, of which seven are to managed at a local scale. Because of the variety of sources of air pollution, if the AQM process is to succeed in the long term, solutions to identified problems will be required from transport, land use and economic planning sectors of local government in liaison with various other agencies, regulators and outside bodies. As such the task is inherently multi-disciplinary and an integrated, collaborative approach will be necessary. Although this observation is now fairly well documented, there is still little guidance relating to how, in relation to air quality management, integration can actually be accomplished. This paper presents some observations from case studies undertaken as part of a longer-term research study and in particular focuses on the identified problems of involving non-air-quality professionals in a highly technical scientific process. Various approaches to the collaborative aspects of air quality management will be presented. These case studies represent local authorities of different sizes in different political and organisational situations facing a range of air quality challenges. The creation of project teams or task forces is judged particularly useful for local air quality management. Methods that could be applied more widely include appointing individuals as integrators, and rotation of key personnel. © 2004 Taylor and Francis Ltd.


Beattie, C. I., Longhurst, J., & Elsom, D. M. (2004). Evidence of integration of air quality management in the decision-making processes and procedures of English local government. Local Environment, 9(3), 255-270.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2004
Journal Local Environment
Print ISSN 1354-9839
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 3
Pages 255-270
Keywords integration, air quality management, decision making, England, local government
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