Relying solely on electric vehicles will be too expensive and take too long says new report.
The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), the leading trade body for environmental companies, today published a report examining ways to tackle Britain’s air quality crisis. The report 'A clear choice for the UK: technology options of tackling air pollution' (which can be downloaded HERE) includes modelling carried out by consultancy Temple Group which examines the costs and air quality benefits for rolling out five different pollution control technologies.
The five technology scenarios were:
The modelling results (full details in Notes to Editors below), showed that:
The report makes the following recommendations:
Matthew Farrow, EIC Director said:
“Britain has an air pollution crisis. Electric vehicles have the potential to transform air quality but they are only one part of the jigsaw and in the short term appear relatively expensive compared to the other technologies modelled in our report. To protect public health we must make meaningful cuts in air pollution as soon as possible and the truth is we need to use all the cost effective technologies at our disposal alongside an electric car roll out. An additional benefit is the significant number of ‘green jobs’ that air pollution control technologies can create. The Government needs to facilitate and support this full range of solutions.”
Notes to editors
The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), founded in 1995, represents the businesses which provide the technology and services that deliver environmental performance across the economy. In short, we are the voice of the green economy. Our member companies come from all parts of the environmental technology and services sector – a growing part of the economy. For more information, please visit www.eic-uk.co.uk.
Temple Group Limited (Temple) is a leading environment, planning and sustainability consultancy in the UK. Temple’s experienced professionals deliver specialist advice to infrastructure and development clients on the most challenging and complex projects to the very niche. Established in 1997, Temple has grown rapidly in recent years and together with its sister company, The Ecology Consultancy, is now one of the UK’s 25 largest environmental consultancies. To find out more about Temple, see www.templegroup.co.uk.
Cost assumptions used by Temple Group in the modelling were as follows:
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