CityAir – Improving Air Quality in the City of London

The City of London Corporation has launched a new air quality campaign designed to encourage businesses across the Square Mile help reduce pollution

Air quality in parts of the City of London is the worst in the country, and amongst the worst in Europe. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is up to three times the recommended level for health and particulate matter (PM10) regularly breaches EU limits.

Poor Air Quality has a significant impact on health, with up to 8,000 premature deaths in London each year attributed to it. Fine particles have the greatest impact on health with young children and the elderly being most susceptible.

The Government’s own advisors, the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) has stated that air pollution makes a significant contribution to mortality in the UK, having a greater impact than passive smoking.

Recent studies have shown that emissions from taxis and delivery vehicles that service the business needs of the City, together with emissions from buildings, are responsible for a large proportion of local pollution. Businesses are therefore being asked to take simple steps to reduce emissions of pollutants associated with their buildings and transport. This includes assessing the transport choice of employees and visitors, reducing emissions associated with deliveries, or with heating and cooling buildings.

In addition to the general best practice guidance available for all business types, a new supplement has been developed to support the retail and service sector. Full access to campaign information, best practice documentation and communications advice is available at the City of London website.

We need your help to improve air quality in the City. It’s time to act - it’s time to think air quality!

Visit the City of London, follow us on twitter (@_cityair) and get involved.

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