Indoor air quality

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0970
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Following reports that indoor air pollution is contributing to around 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK (according to the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health), will you consider what more the GLA could do to increase awareness among Londoners of the risks that wood-burning stoves, spray deodorants, air fresheners, fly sprays and gas cookers can pose to the quality of indoor air?

Answer

Answer for Indoor air quality

Answer for Indoor air quality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The equivalent of 40,000 early deaths identified are due to outdoor pollution; the report states that the impacts of indoor pollution still need to be quantified, please see relevant extract below.

My focus remains on delivering our extensive programme of work to reduce concentrations of the regulated pollutants of concern, which are outdoor pollutants. However, in addition to reducing carbon emissions and saving people money, my new boiler scrappage scheme will also reduce indoor pollution from gas boilers.

Extract from Costs of Air Pollution report:

The annual mortality burden in the UK from exposure to outdoor air pollution is equivalent to around 40,000 deaths. To this can be added further impacts from exposure to indoor air pollutants such as radon and second-hand smoke.