Air Quality (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-11-16
Session date: 
November 16, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3327
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Government has now submitted an Air Quality Plan (AQP) for London to the European Commission which does not see London meeting EU limits for levels of nitrogen dioxide until 2022 at the earliest. Do you believe that meeting the limit value more than ten years after the original deadline demonstrates taking sufficient action to achieve the limit values in 'the shortest possible time' as required by EU legislation?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality (1)

Answer for Air Quality (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There are considerable obstacles to achieving compliance with limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) which were not apparent when the limit values were set over a decade ago. These include the failure of Euro standards to reduce emissions of NO2, particularly from diesel cars. There has also been an increase in the market share of diesel cars, which produce more NO2 than petrol equivalents.

My Air Quality Strategy includes a number of measures that will reduce NO2 levels in London, including the introduction of a NOx standard to the Low Emission Zone from 2015, retrofit of buses so that they all meet the Euro IV standard for NOx from 2015 (both of which require Government funding and support) and energy efficiency programmes such as RE:NEW and RE:FIT. In addition, I am urging the Government to introduce national measures such as tax incentives for cleaner vehicles and car scrappage schemes, which will also reduce NOx emissions in London. The GLA continues to discuss with the Government ways in which we can work together to achieve NO2 limit values in London as soon as possible.