Clean Air

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-05-18
Session date: 
May 18, 2011
Reference: 
2011/1444
Question By: 
John Biggs
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

On a like for like basis with similar studies for air pollution episodes in 2003 and 2006, what is your estimate for the number of premature deaths in Greater London during the air pollution episodes that occurred during March and April this year that were attributable to short-term exposure to (a) ozone and (b) dangerous airborne particles (PM10)?

Answer

Answer for Clean Air

Answer for Clean Air

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to promoting research into the causes and effects of air pollution in London. In 2010 the GLA published a report into the health impacts of long-term exposure to poor air quality in London. The study concluded that in 2008 PM2.5 pollution contributed to over 4,000 premature deaths in London. That is why the priority of my Air Quality Strategy is to reduce levels of the pollutants that cause most harm to health in London.

I am not intending to undertaken a study into the health impacts of short-term exposure to ozone and particulate matter during the air pollution episodes in March and April this year.