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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967


CIWEM's Air Panel is one of the six Technical Panels that have been formed to ensure that the Institution is able to fulfil all aspects of its Royal Charter. 


Panel Activities

The Panel is charged with a number of outputs including events, consultation responses, policy statements, technical advice, representation and publications. Several Panel members represent CIWEM at forums and events. The Panel currently meets three times a year at CIWEM's London office, and members are in frequent contact via e-mail.

The panel have joined as partners in the Healthy Air Campaign, a coalition of NGOs led by ClientEarth including Asthma UK, the Campaign for Better Transport, Clean Air in London, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Environmental Protection UK, Friends of the Earth, Living Streets, Sustrans and the London Sustainability Exchange.

Healthy air logo.JPG CIWEM believes the Healthy Air Campaign has an important role in bringing the issue to the attention of the public, the media, and politicians. For more information visit the Healthy Air website hosted by ClientEarth.


The panel assisted in the production of CIWEM's 2013 report Clearing the Air. This provides the latest information on the air pollution challenges facing the UK and provides CIWEM's own assessment on the level of policy importance for each pollutant. It provides a detailed background on the legislation, policies and practical actions that have been taken to date and look at the key issues affecting air pollution today:  road transport, small combustion plant in urban areas, planning and climate change.


The panel have written to Greg Clark, Minister of State for Decentralisation and Planning with their concerns of the Minerals guidance to the National Planning Policy Framework (June 2012).


The Air panel have written to Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with their concerns over the UK breaching EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide in 2011. This letter was then subject of an ENDS report article (433, Feb 2011) which prompted Defra to announce that NOx reduction plans would be published in the Spring. Members of the Air Panel have since met with Defra to discuss the issues in the letter.


The Air panel have written to the Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills with their concerns over the code of practice on consultation. The Minister responded with his views on why the same individuals should be responsible for all stages of policy development. Dissatisified with the response the panel pursued the Shadow Ministers and received a positive response from John Thurso MP. The panel will now resume the matter with the relevant ministers in the coalition government.


Policy Position Statements

The panel are currently producing Policy Position Statements on  ultrafine particles. 


The Air panel organised the successful "NO2: Are we underestimating the problem?" seminar in 2009.

More resources are available to download from the page documents side tab.



The Air Panel has an active and knowledgeable membership with a wide range of expertise but we are still looking for some new panel members. If you are interested in this or any other panel and would be happy to devote some time to the work of the Institution in a voluntary capacity, please forward your CV to Alastair Chisholm, Policy Manager.

The scope of the Air panel includes:

  • Air pollution sources e.g. traffic, industry, energy
  • Climate change
  • Health and environment
  • Impacts, management and policy
  • Local Authority Air Quality Management
  • Modelling systems / tools for assessment
  • Monitoring
  • Odour
  • Public attitudes to / perception of air pollution
  • Underlying science and processes e.g. dispersion, meteorology, atmospheric chemistry and physics



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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110   Fax: 020 7405 4967