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City consults on “ambitious” air quality strategy

  • June 4, 2024
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City consults on “ambitious” air quality strategy

The City of London Corporation is inviting residents, workers and visitors to have their say on a new Air Quality Strategy, which sets out how the organisation will improve air quality across the Square Mile over the next five years.

The consultation closes on Friday, 26th July.

The proposed new strategy (2025 to 2030) goes beyond the City Corporation’s statutory obligation, working towards the latest air quality guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and takes into account new national standards for very fine particles (PM2.5).

Data shows that the current strategy (2019 to 2024) has delivered a 40 percent reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particles (PM10) with national standards for fine particles being met across the whole of the Square Mile.

The City Corporation has taken a number of bold and practical steps to improve air quality, thanks to monitoring equipment at over 100 locations across the Square Mile.

It has introduced emissions-based charges for on-street parking, targeting high-polluting transport with higher charges while rewarding drivers of low-emission vehicles with lower tariffs. It uses an all-electric refuse fleet and its procurement rules have brought in tight restrictions on harmful emissions from bulldozers and generators.

The City Corporation helps businesses cut their air pollution through its CityAir programme, and in partnership with Camden Council, it delivered a three-year pan-London anti-idling advertising campaign, encouraging drivers to switch off their engines while parked.

The organisation has created Air Quality Action Plans for every school and nursery in the Square Mile, and its Clean Air Thames project, delivered alongside the Cross River Partnership and the Mayor of London, has reduced toxic emissions from boats and ships.

The City Corporation has also been hailed as an ‘A-List climate action leader’ by global environment charity, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), receiving a top score on its climate action measures. In addition, it maintains a network of 11,000 acres of internationally important open space across London and southeast England, which includes over 180 smaller green sites within the Square Mile.

Together, these sites capture over 16,000 tonnes of carbon every year; equivalent to 70% of the City Corporation’s annual carbon footprint within its own operations.

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