Air Quality Strategy 1

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


The current draft of your Air Quality strategy indicates that the measures it proposes will reduce NO2 by about 35 - 40% by 2015, but states that we need to achieve a reduction of over 80% if we are to meet EU limits (let alone World Health Organisation recommendations) - thus demonstrating in part the scale of the problem we face if we are to achieve this obligation. What measures would in fact be needed for London actually to meet EU limits by any given year? Will these be set out in subsequent drafts of your air quality strategy - if only to show the scale of the remaining problem?


Answer for Air Quality Strategy 1

Answer for Air Quality Strategy 1

Answered By: 
The Mayor

NO2 is a national issue and requires further action from central Government. At present it is not yet clear what measures central Government is going to put in place to deal with NO2 nationally. Within my Air Quality Strategy I have identified policies that I can implement in London, these have been developed to be cross cutting and flexible and can achieve real improvements in air quality in London.

I am also pressing for Government action on the following areas:

a) Use of tax incentives b) Certification scheme for NOx abatement equipment c) A national framework for low emission zones and financial support d) Extended scrappage schemes to increase uptake of cleaner vehicles e) Grant schemes for vehicle retrofitting f) Funding for new low-emission technology g) Funding for energy efficiency schemes h) Publicity campaigns and targeted information to those at risk from poor air quality

The scale of the NO2 challenge is vast and I will work further with central Government to identify measures. The next draft of the Strategy will set out further details of actions Government will have to take to meet the NO2 limit values.