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Exploring Barriers To And Opportunities For The Co-management Of Air Quality And Carbon In South West England: A Review Of Progress


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S. T. Baldwin, M. Everard, E. T. Hayes, J. W. S. Longhurst & J. R. Merefield


Due to the common sources of emissions of both air quality pollutants and greenhouse gases, management measures directed at one category of emissions are likely to positively impact the other. Through the local air quality management (LAQM) process, local authorities are required to monitor and measure specified air pollutants, the sources of which are also common to the primary sources of carbon emissions at a local level. This research tracks the progression of local authority management of carbon emissions and examines the barriers and opportunities for the integration of carbon emissions into the LAQM process. Results are triangulated from three core research methods deployed in South West England: a time series of local authority questionnaire surveys; secondary data analysis of active Air Quality Action Plans; and case study interviews of six local authorities in the region. The research concludes that the absence of statutory targets for carbon emission reductions remains a substantial barrier for local authority carbon management initiatives. However, in order to utilise scarce resources in the most efficient manner, local authorities should draw upon the existing skill set of their Air Quality Officers. Keywords: air quality, carbon management, co-benefit, synergy, local government.


air quality, carbon management, co-benefit, synergy, local government