A new report argues that Birmingham, Camden, Hertfordshire, Leeds and Nottingham are leading the way in integrating climate and clean air policies but Ministers' "refusal to recognise the importance of joined-up policy making" is stalling wider progress.
What CANZ be done? follows the release of UK100's "Yes We CANZ!" report in June 2022, which introduced the concept of "Clean Air Net Zero" (CANZ) — ensuring Net Zero policies include a clean air audit and vice versa.
It finds that while 100% of Local Authorities surveyed are making efforts to integrate Clean Air and Net Zero in their transport plans, only 57% are doing so with their work on the heating and efficiency of their buildings.
It also comes in the wake of a new study published in The Lancet that finds clean air and Net Zero action will give people in England and Wales an extra 2 million years of life.
It argued 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.