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S5W-04567: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 8 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the High Court ruling in favour of ClientEarth against the UK Government in relation to tackling air pollution, what action it is taking to improve air quality in Scotland.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 18 November 2016

The Scottish Government is taking forward a range of actions to improve air quality in Scotland, working closely with Transport Scotland, SEPA and other partner organisations. These actions are set out in 'Cleaner Air for Scotland - The Road to a Healthier Future' - Scotland's first separate air quality strategy which was published in November 2015. The Programme for Government commitment to have Scotland's first low emission zone in place by 2018 will make a major contribution to this work.

Additionally we are working in partnership with local authorities, with financial and practical support for implementing their local air quality action plans; and we also provide advice and information through the Scottish Air Quality Website and Scotland’s Environment Web.