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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00409: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 23 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to reduce the impact of air pollution on health inequalities in Mid Scotland and Fife.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 30 November 2016

The Scottish Government supports a number of measures, both local and national, to successfully tackle air pollution and its impacts on health. These measures include the promotion of active travel and modal shift to low and zero emission transport, supporting the development of renewable energy, providing grant funding for local authority action plans, and providing advice and information through the Scottish Air Quality Website and Scotland’s Environment Web.

These initiatives will continue to be taken forward in the context of 'Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future' - Scotland's first separate air quality strategy which was published in 2015. The strategy sets out six key policy objectives, including one for health which is for 'A Scotland which protects its citizens from the harmful effects of air pollution, reducing health inequalities'.