Responsibility for tackling London's air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2634
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given the UK government's recent admission that it does not expect London to comply with legal nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limits until "after 2030", together with the recent statement from a Kings College academic that Oxford Street has the highest level of NO2 pollution in the world, whose responsibility is it to rid London's air of dangerous diesel fumes: the EU's, the UK government's or yours?

Answer

Answer for Responsibility for tackling London's air pollution

Answer for Responsibility for tackling London's air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London does not have the highest levels of NO2 in the world. Average NO2 levels across monitoring sites near busy roads in Stuttgart, Paris, Munich, Rome and Milan are all higher than those recorded for London. Mexico City's levels are nearly double those of London, and Hong Kong, Istanbul, Beijing and Shanghai all have higher average readings as well.

 

It is the responsibility of all levels of government to take action to improve London's air quality.