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AQC Staff Continue to Support AQEG

14-12-2021

Following a review of membership of the UK Government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), AQC’s Ben Marner has been reappointed as a member. AQEG provides the most authoritative voice on the science of air quality in the UK, advising Central Government on key and emerging issues. Several AQC staff have been involved with AQEG since its formation in 2002. Ben looks forward to continuing to support the UK Government at what is an interesting and important time for shaping future UK air quality.

Following a review of membership of the UK Government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG), AQC’s Ben Marner has been reappointed as a member.

AQEG provides the most authoritative voice on the science of air quality in the UK, if not the world.   It was established in 2002, following publication of the Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  AQEG comprises many of the most highly respected UK air quality scientists.  They meet regularly to advise Central Government on key issues relating to air quality, and to synthesise evidence on pertinent and emerging air quality matters.

Air Quality Consultants Ltd. (AQC) staff have a long and successful history of working with AQEG.  For example:

  • AQC’s Stephen Moorcroft was an ex-officio member of the group from its formation in 2002 until 2007; 

  • AQC’s Duncan Laxen was a member of the group from 2002 until 2012; and

  • AQC’s Tim Williamson acted as AQEG head of secretariat from 2006 until 2013.

Since 2016, AQC’s Ben Marner has held the position of ad-hoc member of AQEG.  During this time, he has contributed to all AQEG meetings and reports.  AQEG publications to which he has contributed during this time include:

  • Ultrafine Particles in the UK (link);

  • Impacts of Vegetation on Urban Air Pollution (link);

  • Air Pollution from Agriculture (link);

  • Non-Exhaust Emissions from Road Traffic (link);

  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Interventions on Air Quality (link);

  • Non-methane Volatile Organic Compounds in the UK (link);

  • Impacts of Net Zero Pathways on Future Air Quality in the UK (link);

  • Estimation of Changes in Air Pollution Emissions, Concentrations and Exposure during the COVID-19 Outbreak in the UK (link);

  • Advice on the Concept of ‘zero emission vehicles’ (link);

  • Advice on the Use of ‘Low-cost’ Pollution Sensors (link); and

  • Notes on Engagement on the PM2.5 Target Setting Process (link).

In Autumn 2021, the tenure of several AQEG members, including AQCs Ben Marner, expired.  This prompted an appraisal of AQEG’s structure, and a thorough review of the available expertise across the UK.  Following this process, Ben has been reappointed to AQEG as a full member.  Ben looks forward to continuing to support AQEG and Defra at what is an interesting and important time for shaping UK air quality policy and, ultimately, future air quality.



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