A significant proportion of harmful emissions in London are caused by construction sites, whether due to heavy delivery and waste traffic or machinery used on sites. Around 12% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 15% of particulate (PM10) pollution in London comes from construction and demolition activity .
Some requirements, such as the Low Emission Zone for construction machinery, are in place for construction firms to ensure that they take steps to reduce emissions, but as London’s population continues to grow, some amount of building activity will be necessary to meet demand for housing, infrastructure and places of work. This includes areas where construction does not currently take place frequently.
Do you live, work or regularly travel near a construction site? What steps do you take to reduce your exposure to polluted air from construction sites, if any?