Public health costs of air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2082
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to King's College London research commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) and the GLA on 'understanding the health impacts of air pollution in London', the public health costs of particulate and nitrogen dioxide (N02) emissions, based on 2010 data, were estimated at up to £3.7 billion per annum. Do you have a more recent estimate of the public health costs of air pollution in London?

Answer

Answer for Public health costs of air pollution

Answer for Public health costs of air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The 'up to £3.7 billion' per annum figure, based on 2010 data, is the most accurate estimate currently available for the public health costs of air pollution in London.

While 2013 data is now available I am delaying undertaking any further statistical health analysis until the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) publishes updated guidance on calculating health effects. This is expected to be later this year.