Health centres and air quality

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-11-22
Session date: 
November 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/3331
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The British Lung Foundation found that there are 1320 hospitals and GP practices in London in areas above the World Health Organisation limit for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). What steps are you taking to reduce motor vehicle traffic (and other causes of air pollution) in the immediate vicinity of these centres?

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Answer for Health centres and air quality
Health centres and air quality

Health centres and air quality

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The British Lung Foundation’s report highlights how often vulnerable people, such as the elderly, children and those with heart or lung conditions, are exposed to high PM2.5 levels during NHS appointments. My London Environment Strategy sets the ambitious target of London meeting the World Health Organization guideline limit for PM2.5 by 2030.

My Transport Strategy prioritises Healthy Streets, and we will be investing in schemes that make it easier to walk, cycle and use public transport. By 2041, 80 per cent of trips will be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport.  Hospitals and GP practices across London will benefit from my actions to improve air quality, including transforming our bus and taxi fleets. I am introducing the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2019, strengthening the Low Emission Zone standards for heavy vehicles in 2020 and expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone in 2021.

However significant emissions reductions across all sectors will be required to achieve this and I have been clear that I need additional powers and resources to tackle emissions from all sources including construction, buildings and rivers.