Oxford City Council shortlisted in National Air Quality Awards

Published: Tuesday, 20th October 2015

Oxford City Council has been shortlisted in the National Air Quality Awards.

The Council has been shortlisted in the Local Authority Air Quality Initiative of the Year award for the Low Emission Zone in the city centre.

The zone was introduced last year by the City Council and Oxfordshire County Council and requires local bus services to operate low emission vehicles.

The National Air Quality Awards will take place in Bristol on Thursday 22 October 2015.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board member for Climate Change, said: “Oxford City Council is leading the way in how to improve air quality and I am pleased to see that we are being recognised for that. But air quality in parts of Oxford city centre remains a concern and we must not rest on our laurels.”

Other recent City Council work to improve air quality has included agreeing an air quality action plan in 2013, reducing the emissions of the Council’s own vehicles, making £250,000 worth of improvements to the cycle network and bidding for £9m to encourage the use of electric vehicles in Oxford.

For more information about air quality in Oxford, visit our Air Quality pages.