Geraint Davies became the Member of Parliament for Swansea West in 2010. Prior to this he was the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central between 1997 and 2005, and was previously Croydon Council Leader. In 2005 Geraint was recruited to head up the Environment Agency Wales team to adapt Wales to climate change.
Geraint has been a leading advocate for better air quality for a number of years, having first put forward a Clean Air Bill in 2017. At this time, the Every breath we take (https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/every-breath-we-take-lifelong-impact-air-pollution) report by the Royal College of Physicians had already reported that 40,000 people in Britain were dying prematurely every year due to air pollution, at a cost of £20 billion. The figure is now thought to be 64,000 people.
Geraint also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution (https://appgairpollution.org) , which in June 2020 launched a vital report entitled ‘Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus Infection (https://appgaq.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/air-quality-strategy-to-reduce-coronavirus-infection.pdf) ‘, which made specific reference to indoor air pollution and the effects of construction materials, VOCs and formaldehyde.
Geraint has also put forward a Plastics Bill which aims to make producers pay the environmental cost for the plastics they produce and to ban non-recyclable plastics by 2021.