Defra’s Deputy Director of Air Quality and Industrial Emissions visits Groundwork Suffolk Offices

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On Thursday 9th February, Harriet Wallace, Deputy Director, Air Quality and Industrial Emissions at Defra spent the day with us at the Groundwork Suffolk offices.  Her visit was part of a National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) 'A Day in the Life' work shadow scheme.

Harriet spent the day with Operations Manager, Anna Martin and various visitors including representatives from Local Authorities, University of Suffolk, Groundwork Suffolk advisory panel members, the Suffolk Climate Change Partnership, local businesses and groundwork advisors.

A working lunch was held with business representatives and local authorities discussing air quality issues relating to various industries from farming to electric vehicles.

Anna Martin, Operations Manager at Groundwork Suffolk and Norfolk said “One of the key things we’ve realised today is that people aren’t aware of the serious health impacts around air quality and their everyday life actions can play a part”.

Groundwork business advisors that currently work on the BEE Anglia project and are identifying carbon savings for businesses were interested to discuss the relationship between carbon management and air quality.

Harriet Wallace stated “The main aim for us is that we find a way to create a win/win where carbon is saved and air quality emissions are lowered - businesses will benefit from reduced costs and a healthier environment for both the workforce and the local community”.

To find out more about Defra’s work around air quality: https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/

To find out more about Groundwork: https://www.groundwork.org.uk/sites/east

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