Air pollution is causing a public health crisis in Scotland. It is responsible for thousands of early deaths each year and reduces the quality of life for many more, especially children, older people and people made vulnerable by chronic health conditions. It also has a damaging effect on ecosystems and wildlife. Taking action on air pollution can deliver health and wellbeing benefits, generate economic savings, and help Scotland achieve compliance with its Climate Change targets.

In April 2015 the Supreme Court ordered the UK Government to come up with new Plans to tackle illegal levels of air pollution as soon as possible, in compliance with the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive. Because air quality is devolved, the Scottish Government must produce its own Plan.

Read our submissions on the Scottish Plan, “Cleaner Air for Scotland”, in the context of its deivery of European legal requirements, here.