This new report from UK100 introduces the concept of "Clean Air Net Zero" (CANZ) — ensuring Net Zero policies include a clean air audit and vice versa.
It argues not enough has yet been done to learn from the mistakes that led to dieselgate, where diesel vehicles were promoted across Europe as a climate-friendly option without regard to the increase in deadly air pollution emissions associated with diesel combustion.
Identifying the "wins-wins" to be gained from aligning clean and Net Zero policies, the report calls on local authorities to:
- Support a transport shift away from private car reliance
- Make homes warmer through insulation and energy efficiency measures while switching to fossil-fuel-free heating systems
- Work with the agricultural industry to support less intensive farming and reduce the level of ammonia emissions
- Empower local communities to make informed choices with more data transparency and access
Read more to find out what local and regional leaders can do to adopt a CANZ approach.