Working with Government on Air Quality

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In your air quality strategy you claim to be "working together on a shared approach" with the government to tackle air pollution in London. Would you care to let me know what has so far been achieved by this shared approach?


Answer for Working with Government on Air Quality

Answer for Working with Government on Air Quality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

GLA and TfL officials have worked closely with Government whilst developing the Air Quality Strategy.

This has included:

· Supplying data and policy information on London's air quality measures to Government to assist with the time extension for meeting PM10 limits · Agreeing modelling assumptions and ensuring we are working from the same baselines · Identifying potential measures at the national and regional levels to tackle air quality

My Strategy sets out a range of measures some of which need Government assistance in order to be implemented, such as a common framework for low emission zones across the UK, funding further low emissions zones, and developing NOx certification and testing standards for equipment. I am also lobbying Government to unlock other doors including extending scrappage incentives to include taxis and support take up of electric vehicles.

I am also working with Government to identify measures that they will undertake nationally to ensure that EU limit values are achieved. The challenge of reducing PM10 and NO2 levels is a shared one and requires action not only from London government but also from national government.