Air Quality in London

MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


A recent project by the University College London found that eight out of nine areas surveyed in London breached EU limits for nitrogen dioxide in the air. What measures are being put in place to improve air quality ahead of the 2020 introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone?


Answer for Air Quality in London

Answer for Air Quality in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Like many other major cities in the world, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) remains an issue for the Capital. However, things are improving - since 2008 there has been a 12% reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations and the number of Londoners living in areas exceeding EU limits for NO2 has halved.

This is thanks to a wide range of measures I have put in place ahead of the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020, including:

       Introducing a maximum age limit for taxis, which has led to more than 6,000 of the oldest taxis leaving the fleet since 2012;

       Enforcing Londonwide emission standards for heavy vehicles, with additional standards for large vans and minibuses from 2012;

       Converting all 50 buses on routes 507/521 to electric as part of my commitment for 300 zero emission buses in central London by 2020;

       Upgrading 1,800 of the older buses with SCR technology to reduce NOx by up to 88%, and the introduction of Europe's largest hybrid bus fleet with 1,700 hybrid buses next year and 3,000 by 2020;

       Supporting the uptake of low emission vehicles thorough measures outlined in the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Delivery Plan;

       Launching the Non Road Mobile Machinery Low Emission Zone, which is the world's first scheme to tackle both PM and NOx from construction machinery;

       Delivering a new London-specific Local Air Quality Management system to help coordinate borough action on air quality;

       Providing £20million to London boroughs to deliver innovative air quality projects through the Mayor's Air Quality Fund.