Plants and pollution removal - estimating the value

There is continued interest from government and the public in recent work done by CEH for the Office of National Statistics (ONS). The ONS has just released an article looking in more detail at our air pollution estimates report and how plants can play a vital role in pollution removal leading to potential health benefits.

Plants in the UK remove £1billion worth of air pollution

As the government announces a plan to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040, CEH has just completed a study showing that plants in the UK remove 1.4 million tonnes of air pollution, which save £1 billion in avoided health costs. The CEH study was led by Laurence Jones and funded by the Office of National Statistics. Laurence tells us more about the work, which was published this week:

We looked at the role of woodland, grassland, moorland and crops in removing a suite of air pollutants which are known to have substantial impacts on human health.

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