Air Quality Strategy

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3213
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Could one trigger of the special measures outlined in your air quality strategy be the European Commission turning down the UK Government request for a time extension to meet limit values for PM10s?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality Strategy

Answer for Air Quality Strategy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The policy is intended to deal with the days of the very worst pollution episodes in London, irrespective of whether the UK's request for a time extension is agreed or not.

Policy 6 of the draft Mayor's Air Quality Strategy states we will develop a series of measures with boroughs and other stakeholders to help reduce and manage air quality on days where we exceed daily mean EU limit values for PM10. This Policy is intended to tackle the worst exceedences when and where they happen. Exceedence days can occur in multi-day periods know as episodes. Episodes can be caused by a number of complicated factors such as emissions from within and outside London, weather and geography. Localised action during such episodes will help meet EU limit values.