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R is a freely available programming language, designed from the ground-up to make working with data easier and more reproducible. The language is widely used in the public and private sectors, in industries as wide ranging as financial services, healthcare, research, consultancy, journalism, and more. Data analysts and scientists in major companies like Google, Airbnb and Meta all use R to help gain extra insight from their data.

 "openair" is a package written in R, designed specifically for the analysis of air quality data. It is used worldwide by air quality practitioners in academia, government and industry to learn more about their long-term measurement data. Functionality includes the ability to examine and visualise air quality time series and trends, as well as perform "directional analysis" to understand potential pollution sources. openair also provides easy access to air quality data in the UK from nationally and locally managed air quality networks.

Essentials of LAQM 3 - Review and Assessment - 8 January to 8 February 2024
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Essentials of LAQM 3 - Review and Assessment - 8 January to 8 February 2024

This is a pre-recorded webinar.   Estimated time to view webinar is 3 hrs.    It is available for 1 month from 8 January to 8 February 2024.

Fee = £295.00 plus VAT or 2 credits

The purpose of this course is to ensure that delegates have the knowledge to carry out a review and assessment of air quality at an appropriate level and to the timescales required.  It will introduce attendees to the information, tools, and practice needed.

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Essentials of LAQM 4 - Action Planning - 5 February to 5 March 2024
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Essentials of LAQM 4 - Action Planning - 5 February to 5 March 2024

This is a pre-recorded webinar. Estimated time to view webinar is 5 hrs.   It is available for 1 month from 5 February to 5 March 2024.

Fee = £295.00 plus VAT or 2 credits

This course will examine, in detail, what LAs must do when an AQMA has been declared and improvement action is necessary; it re‑introduces the requirements to be met and the guidance to be followed. 

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Essentials of LAQM 5 - Management - 5 March to 5 April 2024
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Essentials of LAQM 5 - Management - 5 March to 5 April 2024

This is a pre-recorded webinar. Estimated time to view webinar is 5 hrs. It is available for 1 month from 5 March to 5 April 2024.

Fee = £295.00 plus VAT or 2 credits

The purpose of this course is to point attendees to the knowledge required to manage the LAQM duties required of a local authority – consequently it will focus on the management rather than technical issues of fulfilling legal requirements, establishing the resource base to comply with those requirements, responsibly assessing the need for action, liaising with stakeholders, ensuring that any action taken is cost effective,  and that air quality information is communicated to Defra or the Devolved Administration, and the public in an appropriate manner.

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Air Quality Strategies: What are they, who will need one and how do they differ from AQAPs? (Intermediate) - 17 January to 31 March 2024
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Air Quality Strategies: What are they, who will need one and how do they differ from AQAPs? (Intermediate) - 17 January to 31 March 2024

This is a pre-recorded webinar.   Estimated time to view this webinar is 1 hr.  It is available from 17 January to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £85.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

From 2023, local authorities without AQMAs (Air Quality Management Areas), including those in the process of revoking their AQMA(s), are required to produce a local Air Quality Strategy. The requirement relates to local authorities in England and was included in the recently updated local air quality management (LAQM) Policy (PG22) and Technical Guidance (TG22). It reads as follows: “Those authorities who have not had to designate AQMAs and produce AQAPs will from 2023 be required to draw up a local Air Quality Strategy. These strategies will not have a set format and authorities will be able to draw on content within their ASRs and local transport plans to produce them.” Where local authorities revoke AQMAs (and no longer have any in place), they will be required to produce an Air Quality Strategy “to ensure air quality remains a high-profile issue and to ensure it is able to respond quickly should there be any deterioration in condition”.

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Understanding and Review of Air Quality Assessment for planning purposes - 19 March 2024
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Understanding and Review of Air Quality Assessment for planning purposes - 19 March 2024

This is an interactive webinar delivered by TEAMS on 19 March 20243

Fee = £295.00 plus VAT or 2 credits

UK planning law places a requirement on Local Authorities to design and publish local plans based upon conceptual requirements set out in The National Planning Policy Framework. Included within these requirements are for local authorities to:

“preventing new and existing development from contributing to, being put at unacceptable risk from, or being adversely affected by, unacceptable levels of soil, air, water or noise pollution or land instability. Development should, wherever possible, help to improve local environmental conditions such as air and water quality, taking into account relevant information such as river basin management plans;”

Additionally, local authorities are also required by the Environment Act (1995 (updated 2022)) to regularly review and assess the quality of its air with the goal of achieving the standard for concentrations of air pollutants set out in the Air Quality Standards Regulation (2010).

This one-day course is designed to support Local Authorities in achieving both these requirements. Through a series of short seminars, attendees will be provided clear information of statutory requirements and best practices in developing a framework for the submission and review of an air quality impact assessment (AQIA). The course will be delivered by an experienced air quality practitioner who will provide an overview of techniques used by practitioners to assess the impacts to local air quality by a proposed development/change in land use, helping attendees to better understand the information contained with an AQIA and achieve the goals set through UK planning and environmental regulations. 

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Essentials of LAQM Proficiency Test
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Essentials of LAQM Proficiency Test

Fee = £165.00 plus VAT or 2 credits

An EMAQ+ delegate who has attended all 5 EMAQ+ Essentials of LAQM modules and taken and successfully passed the associated Online Knowledge checks, gaining all 5 credits, is eligible to sit a final 'Proficiency Test'.  The test is designed to test their co-ordinated knowledge of all the aspects of LAQM covered by the whole programme.

You cannot self enrol yourself for this test.  You will be invited by the EMAQ+ Team to take this test when you are eligible.


 


NEW - SPDs and Damage Costs Webinar - from October 2023
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NEW - SPDs and Damage Costs Webinar - from October 2023

This is a pre-recorded webinar available from October 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

The planning of a new development has a direct influence on local air quality and therefore the health of people and ecosystems. Air quality should therefore be a material consideration when planning new developments to ensure they are designed and constructed in ways to minimise emissions and reduce the exposure of people to air pollution.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) assist developers in determining when an air quality assessment is required for a new development and outline assessment procedures to complete in support of applications for new developments. SPDs typically set out an approach for the calculation of Damage Costs and the identification of suitable mitigation measures where required.

Damage Costs are a set of impact values, measured per tonne of emission of certain pollutants, which are used to estimate the societal costs associated with small changes in pollutant emissions. They are used to determine the scale of the required investment in air quality mitigation measures.

This webinar provides guidance on how to apply emissions and air quality assessment procedures in support of applications for proposed developments and identify suitable mitigation measures to be included at the planning stage. We will also demonstrate how Damage Costs should be applied to determine the scale of the required investment in air quality mitigation measures.

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Scenario Modelling for Setting Targets and Developing Pathways to Achieve Them - from 24 July 2023
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Scenario Modelling for Setting Targets and Developing Pathways to Achieve Them - from 24 July 2023

This is a FREE pre-recorded webinar, available from 24 July 2023 until 31 March 2024.   Estimated time to view webinar is 30 minutes.

This webinar will introduce Defra’s air quality emissions scenario modelling tool, which can be used to develop cost effective measures for reducing emissions of air quality pollutants and greenhouse gases in a range of sectors. The course will cover:

  • The scope of the model and underlying data
  • Creating individual measures and building scenarios
  • Data inputs
  • Interactive functionality, data visualisations and downloadable datasets
  • Statutory requirements for Local Authorities
  • Case studies

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Recording of Defra's Updated Air Quality Strategy
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Recording of Defra's Updated Air Quality Strategy

Recording  of an interactive webinar delivered previously.

Fee = £85.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

Defra have now published their updated Air Quality Strategy which sets out a framework for local authority delivery. In this EMAQ session we will cover what this means for you and your local authority.  Defra have set out their priorities:

1.    Planning reforms helping to deliver on air quality.

2.    Building capacity in local councils through training, guidance and knowledge sharing.

3.    Reducing emissions from industrial sources through improved enforcement of environmental permits.

4.    Reducing pollution from domestic burning through smoke control areas and cleaner fuels.

5.    Raising awareness within local communities of air quality impacts and how to reduce them.

6.    Boosting active travel and public transport to improve air quality.

We will discuss actions being asked from local authorities to help deliver these priorities and provide examples of pragmatic action. We will focus on new requirements and where and how local authorities could address air quality differently.


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Indoor Air Quality - from 10 January 2024
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Indoor Air Quality - from 10 January 2024

This is a pre-recorded intermediate level webinar available from 10 January 2024.

Fee = £85.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

This webinar will cover a range of areas relating to indoor air pollution an area of increasing concern for human health. The webinar will initially focus on types of indoor air pollution, potential sources and the impact that indoor air pollution can have on human health. The differences between outdoor and indoor air pollution will also be discussed identifying any differences in approach or impact that are vital for the handling of indoor air pollution. The legislation regarding the monitoring and regulation of indoor air quality and the roles of various regulatory bodies and the application of the legislation will be covered, this area will also cover the role of building regulations in the matter of indoor air quality. On completion of the webinar we expect delegates will have a better understanding of the sources and impact of indoor air pollution and to understand the relevant legislation for monitoring and regulation.

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Air Quality Modelling - from 16 January 2023
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Air Quality Modelling - from 16 January 2023

This is recording of a webinar delivered by TEAMS in November 2022.

Fee = £85.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

This webinar will provide an introduction to the use of atmospheric dispersion models for air quality assessments. The webinar will explain different approaches to dispersion modelling, and cover how these tools are used to undertake assessments of air quality impacts in support of planning and permit applications, EIAs and the development of local policy. The webinar will talk through how to set up a roads-based assessment in one of the most commonly used models; ADMS. Attendees will gain a better understanding of why atmospheric dispersion models are needed, how they work and how they’re used for air quality assessments submitted to local authorities.

See Course Programme here.

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Delivering a Successful Action Plan - from 20 June 2022
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Delivering a Successful Action Plan - from 20 June 2022

This is a pre-recorded intermediate level webinar. Duration of this webinar is 1 hr 20 mins. Available from 20 June 2022 to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £85.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

A successful action plan is not just a list of actions that will improve air quality, it needs to provide the basis for successful delivery.  This course will explore issues around developing an action plan that will help prioritise actions and integrate these into existing delivery powers and policies. It will also consider the implementation of the plan looking at issues such as governance, funding and ownership for delivery.

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Impact of Covid-19
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Impact of Covid-19

This is a pre-recorded mini-webinar.  It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £65.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

The purpose of this webinar is to examine how the COVID-19 pandemic affected air pollution levels during the first lockdown, and provide an understanding of how the reduction in air pollution may impact Local Air Quality Management going forward. The first part of the webinar will outline the health impacts of air quality and presents measured and modelled air quality data from 2020, showing changes in pollutant concentrations. We will then look at how these unexpected changes in air pollution are likely to impact Local Air Quality Management, including tools such as the DEFRA background concentration maps and the Emissions Factor Toolkit. We will consider other implications of the change in air quality, including for Air Quality Impact Assessments and planning applications. Finally, we will explore how Local Authorities can make the most of the reduction in air pollution caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by using it to promote the benefits of clean air and low car usage.

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Air Quality Mitigation
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Air Quality Mitigation

This is a pre-recorded webinar.  It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £99.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

The webinar is for those LA air quality and planning professionals at operational level whose duties include planning and air quality management aspects.  Delegates will need a minimum knowledge of air quality management issues and an understanding of the planning application process. This training seminar will benefit those local authority officers who deal with planning applications with regard to air quality impact assessments, mitigation and conditions for development sites.

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Review Air Quality Assessment with Case Studies
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Review Air Quality Assessment with Case Studies

This is a pre-recorded webinar.  It is available from 3 May 2022 to 31 March 2024.

Fee = £99.00 plus VAT or 1 credit

The webinar will consider how atmospheric dispersion modelling outputs are presented in Air Quality Impacts Assessments, submitted in support of planning applications, and provide advice on how model results should be interpreted. The session will include a group exercise in which delegates will be asked to critically review an example air quality assessment. This will allow air quality professionals to better understand the modelling studies that are commonly submitted in support of planning applications, and be better prepared to review them.

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