Low emissions towns and cities programme
Welcome to Low Emissions Towns and Cities Programme (LETCP)
The Low Emissions Towns and Cities Programme is a partnership comprising the seven West Midlands local authorities, (Birmingham City Council, Coventry City Council, Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Solihull MBC, Walsall Council and Wolverhampton City Council) working together to improve air quality and reduce emissions from road transport.
The intention is to do this by promoting the uptake of low emission fuels and technologies, establishing and sharing best practice policies, and developing various tools and resources. The objectives of the programme are to investigate and produce various regional strategies designed to improve air quality, with a view to meeting national air quality objectives.
Funded through a Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Air Quality Grant, the aims of the LETCP are to:
- Improve air quality through the reductions in road transport emissions, and simultaneously reductions in carbon emissions;
- Establish best practice policies and measures for the West Midlands, creating transferable models for other towns and cities;
- Improve health; and
- Maximise opportunities for economic development through the transition to a green economy. .
Why have we developed the Low Emissions Towns and Cities Partnership?
Outside of London the West Midlands conurbation suffers the most extensive exceedences of the EU annual Limit Value for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in the UK, affecting a population of 122,396. The main air pollutants of concern are nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates (PM).
Poor air quality puts people's health at risk, creates an unpleasant environment and places an additional financial burden on local health service providers. In 2009 the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) estimated that air pollution in the UK caused 29,000 premature deaths. The Environmental Audit Commission (EAC) estimated that the cost to health from poor air quality in the UK ranges from £8.5 to £20 billion per annum which is equivalent to the economic cost of obesity. Recent research shows that vehicle emissions account for more deaths in the UK than road traffic accidents and passive smoking combined.
Local air pollutants are those that have a direct impact on public health, especially that of the young and old, and those with respiratory & circulatory problems. Such pollutants have been linked to lung diseases (asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema), heart conditions and cancer. In the West Midlands, local authority research demonstrates that emissions from road transport are the principal source of elevated concentrations of NO2 and airborne particles such as PM10. Based on national estimates, vehicle emissions account for up to 630 premature deaths in the West Midlands each year.
What are we doing?
Since the launch of the LETCP in 2011, we have been working with stakeholders to develop a Low Emissions Strategy and Good Practice Guidance on Planning and Procurement for the West Midlands. These documents underwent a consultation process between April and June 2013 and we are currently finalizing the documents. Final copies of the documents will be added to this website.
Proposed West Midlands Low Emissions Vehicle Strategy – October 2016
LETCP documents and reports
- View LETCP Good Practice Air Quality Planning Guidance - May 2014
- View LETCP Good Practice Procurement Guidance - September 2014
- West Midlands LETCP Low Emission Zones - Technical Feasibility Study WP1 Scenario modelling base case
- West Midlands LETCP Low Emissions Zones - Technical Feasibility Study WP1a Scenario modelling
- West Midlands LETCP Low Emissions Zones - Technical Feasibility Study WP2 Economic and Health Impacts
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This page was last updated on 26 October 2016