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MQT on 2010-10-13
Session date: 
October 13, 2010
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In response to my question 2428/2010 you indicated that the analysis for your Transport Strategy and Draft Air Quality Strategy included an assessment against the EU annual mean limit value for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) but not the related limit value plus maximum margin of tolerance. Why are you assuming a time extension until January 2015 to comply with the EU annual mean limit value for NO2 but not assessing compliance with the obligation that will apply if such a time extension is obtained?


Answer for Oxford Street Buses (2)

Answer for Oxford Street Buses (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Air Quality Strategy sets out the measures that I intend to implement to reduce concentrations across London and help achieve the EU limit values for NO2. The draft Strategy includes measures that need to be taken by others, including the Government, if the limit values are to be achieved by 2015.

The GLA is working with the Government on the development of an Action Plan that the Government is expected to submit to the European Commission in 2011 as part of its application for an extension to 2015 of the date by which NO2 limit values will have to be achieved. The Government will be required to ensure that the margin of tolerance (60 ug/m3) is not exceeded in any area of the country where the time extension is granted. The GLA will continue to work with the Government to develop and implement measures to improve air quality in London and achieve the limit values for NO2 in the capital as soon as possible.