London Air Quality Network

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2363
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Are you concerned by the increasing number of local authorities who are choosing not to participate in the London Air Quality Network (LAQN)? How will you account for these gaps in the monitoring network when carrying out strategic assessments at a London-wide level?

Answer

Answer for London Air Quality Network

Answer for London Air Quality Network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Air Quality Network (LAQN) is provided by King's College London's Environmental Research Group. It is an excellent resource and I commend King's for their innovative work.

The LAQN is currently funded by a number of London boroughs through contracts for the maintenance of their monitoring stations and data ratification services. However, King's is not the only providers of these services and it is for the boroughs to select their service provider in accordance with their own procurement policies. It would not be appropriate for me to interfere in this process.

However, to ensure that a central repository of London monitoring data remains publicly available I am working with King's and other service providers such as AEA to ensure the monitoring data they collect is also available through the London Datastore.