Air Quality (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0337
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that London breaches national and European limit values for particulates (PM10) and currently seems certain to do so for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from 2010, as well as being over World Health Organisation air quality guidelines; will you consider best practices and other lessons learned from the many existing and planned low emission zones across Europe when you weigh up the merits of one or more additional inner low emission zones in London?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality (3)

Answer for Air Quality (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that by 2012 real improvements can be made in terms of cutting pollution through a variety of measures. I recently met with Lord Hunt to discuss Air Quality issues, and agreed that the GLA and Defra will now work jointly on a package of measures, both national and regional, which will address PM10 emissions in London.

In addition, Transport for London is delivering a range of initiatives focused on improving air quality. These include the introduction of further hybrid buses to the London fleet, delivering eight hydrogen buses, funding a trial of low carbon technology in London's taxi fleet, smoothing traffic flow, and establishing an Electric Vehicle Partnership to support greater uptake of electric vehicles.

These and other measures are informed by best practice and lessons learned from air quality policy across Europe. If a need for further action becomes apparent then I will review the options again.