Air quality (1)

MQT on 2007-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What discussions have you had with the European Commission in the last six months relating to the need for London to meet European Union legal limits for each of sulphur dioxide, particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide?


Answer for Air quality (1)

Answer for Air quality (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All EU Member States are required to meet the EU's limit values, and under EU legislation, the responsibility for meeting air pollutant limit values rests with national governments. I keep the Commission and the other EU institutions informed on a regular basis of my policies for improving air quality and have put forward London's position on other related legislation such as new vehicle emissions standards. The EU limits for sulphur dioxide have already been achieved in the capital.

Where the limit values are not met in Member States, national governments are required to produce plans and programmes to ensure compliance within the relevant timescale. Central government's proposed plans and programmes for the UK consider my Air Quality Strategy to be an integrated plan and programme for London and they highlight the role of the Low Emission Zone, Congestion Charging and my Taxi Emissions Strategy. The consultation document is available from Defra's web site: