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Clean Air Day 20 June 2019

Posted on Wednesday 19th June 2019

Newport City Council is working with a variety of schools to help promote Clean Air Day Wales on Thursday, 20 June.

The initiative is part of the UK wide Clean Air Day campaign to raise awareness on how to improve air quality.

It's a chance for people of all ages to find out more about air pollution, share information and make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

Simple actions such as not allowing your car to idle while waiting in queues could cut down on air pollution as could car sharing, using public transport, walking where possible and planting trees which all go some way to helping our environment.

Councillor Gail Giles, Newport City Council's cabinet member for education and skills visited one of the schools who have signed up to promote Clean Air Day.

Cllr Giles went to Tredegar Park Primary on Monday, 17 June to attend the school assembly and chat to pupils working on projects aimed at improving the environment.

The council is also working with other primary schools in the city including Millbrook, Mount Pleasant, Eveswell, Malpas Court, Llanmartin, Pillgwentlly, Somerton and Maindee to encouraging pupils to spread the clean air message.

The work in schools will give youngsters the knowledge to pass on tips to their parents, carers and their wider family and friend networks to help promote a cleaner and safer environment for all.

Clean Air Day Wales is funded by the Welsh Government with a website offering help and advice to anyone wanting to take part by raising awareness of events on 20 June.

Visit https://www.cleanairday.org.uk/wales for more information.

The council is also committed to promoting clean air strategies by carrying out a variety of projects aimed at cutting down on pollution.

It is asking residents to take part in a consultation on its Sustainable Travel Strategy. The consultation is on until 30 June and more information can be found at http://www.newport.gov.uk/en/Council-Democracy/News/articles/2019/May-2019/Sustainable-travel-strategy-out-for-public-consultation.aspx

Newport is also the first local authority in Wales to join the ECO STARS Scheme - a Fleet Recognition Scheme which provides commercial vehicle operators with free independent expert advice on fleet fuel management and environment performances.

It is a free to join initiative now available to operators of commercial vehicles in Newport, from individual vehicles to large corporate fleets. For more details visit https://www.ecostars-uk.com/

To carry on its commitment to reduce carbon emissions the council is considering installing more charging points for electric vehicles around the city.

Residents also took part in a feasibility study by the five Gwent local authorities examining the possible introduction of electric vehicle charging points across the region.

Information from the survey will be collated and used as evidence to support funding opportunities to progress the scheme.

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