Toxic Air and Europe

MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I would like to welcome your joint letter with the Mayor of Paris calling for stricter European targets for emission reduction. Following the press reports that the UK government lobbied against new proposals to halve the number of air pollution deaths in 15 years, how will you seek to convince Ministers to be constructive at a European and national level, in tackling our toxic air?


Answer for Toxic Air and Europe

Answer for Toxic Air and Europe

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Both Paris and London suffer from very high levels of transboundary pollution from other parts of the EU so it was essential that Mayor Hidalgo and I work together to ensure that tough emission limits are adopted for all European countries as part of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive.

I share your disappointment about the role of the UK Government in seeking to weaken this important piece of legislation, despite my representations. I will continue to engage with ministers to explain that air pollution causes the equivalent of nearly 10,000 deaths in London each year and that urgent local, national and European action is required to tackle this public health issue.