Air Quality - premature deaths

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-02-24
Session date: 
February 24, 2010
Reference: 
2010/0523
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Given that a leading expert at the Environmental Audit Committee on 9 February highlighted the importance of premature deaths as a metric in communicating the health effects of air pollution with the public, will you confirm that in the next draft of your Air Quality Strategy you will include estimates of premature deaths in London (at each of the 6% and 15% coefficients mentioned by COMEAP in its 2009 report) due to air pollution and publish the results of your health research?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality - premature deaths

Answer for Air Quality - premature deaths

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The GLA has commissioned a study into the health impacts of poor air quality in London. This will provide estimates of the number of deaths per annum attributable to poor air quality in London and the total loss of life years implied by these numbers. The research will use the COMEAP-recommended coefficients and compare this with other approaches. The high-level results of the study will be included in the next draft of my Air Quality Strategy, which I expect to publish in the spring for public consultation. The full report will also be put on the GLA website.