Topic outline

  • Welcome and introduction

    Your trainer is Tom Buckland.

    Tom is a Principal Consultant within the Environmental Evidence & Data Practice specialising in the impact assessment of industrial, agricultural and waste management facilities. Tom provides air dispersion modelling and human health impact assessments for a range of private and public sector clients, for facilities including large scale waste infrastructure projects, effluent treatment plants, landfill sites, agricultural holdings, organic waste treatment sites, and onshore oil and gas facilities. Tom regularly reviews air quality assessments submitted in support of planning and permit applications, on the behalf of local authorities. Tom has also provided statements on air quality impacts at planning decision meetings for large industrial facilities. Tom is a trainer on Ricardo Energy & Environment’s accredited EMAQ+ training programme, delivering workshops for local authority officers across the country.

    • Session 1: Understanding of the AQ Issues

      An understanding of the pollutants involved and the effects to be managed:

      • Particles (PM10 & PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulphurdioxide, PAH, benzene, 1,3 butadiene, carbon monoxide,lead, and ammonia.
      • The impacts of air pollutants on human health, thedegradation of terrestrial and aquatic environments as aresult of acidification, eutrophication, photochemicalpollution and ozone formation, and damage to materials.
      • The role of air pollutants and climate change.

      • Session 2: Legislation and Statutory Guidance

        Awareness of where/how LAQM fits into the UK framework for environmental protection

        • The EU AQ Directive - Council Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe (2008/50/EC)
        • The Environment Act 1995
        • AQ Strategy (AQ Standards & Objectives)
        • Statutory guidance
        • How AQM fits in with the UKs larger framework for environmental protection: clean air, PPC, development control, health, transport, and climate change.

        • Session 3: Local Air Quality Management Roles & Responsibilities

          An understanding of the roles and responsibilities:

          • DAs: Scotland; Wales; N Ireland
          • English LAs
            • Lower tier with responsibility for LAQM and planning
            • Upper tier with responsibility for transport

          • Session 4: Review and Assessment

            An introduction to the fundamentals of

            • Review and Assessment
            • Action planning and the effective control of emissions

            • Session 5: Technical Guidance

              Awareness of the sources and content of the technical advice issued by:

              • Defra and DAs
              • IAQM/EPUK
              • Helpdesks
              • UK-AIR

              • Session 6: Reporting

                • Knowledge of the reporting required (and how to submit them) for:
                  • Updating and Screening Assessments (not England)
                  • Detailed Assessments
                  • Action Planning
                  • Annual Status/Progress Reporting

                • Essentials of LAQM 1 Knowledge Check, Feedback and CPD

                  The LAQM 1 Knowledge Check will enable you to review your understanding of the course material from the 6 sessions across LAQM 1.

                  Participants will have three attempts at the Knowledge Check and a score of 75% is required to pass.