Cleaner Air for Schools programme

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4030
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that over 1,000 schools in London are situated within 150 metres of roads carrying 10,000 or more vehicles per day - and are therefore exposed to above-average levels of air pollution on a regular basis - what plans do you have to expand the Cleaner Air for Schools programme beyond those forty schools which are due to participate in the scheme?

Answer

Answer for Cleaner Air for Schools programme

Answer for Cleaner Air for Schools programme

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Protecting young Londoners who are most susceptible to the long-term effects of air pollution (e.g. developing asthma, diminished lung growth and function etc) is a priority. Working with the London Sustainability Exchange I have developed the Cleaner Air for Schools toolkit to help schools tackle the issue of air pollution and raise awareness within their communities. Additional resources are also available on my new website www.cleanerairforlondon.org.uk

In addition, I have worked with four boroughs to develop the £260,000 School Clean Air Zones project. With the pilots nearing completion there is a growing evidence base about the most effective measures that should be taken at and around schools to raise awareness, reduce emissions and minimise exposure.

Through my Air Quality Fund I have provided £20m over ten years to help boroughs take this learning forward, and develop programmes to tackle air pollution and raise awareness at schools in their local authority area.