ULEZ and air quality improvements in Greenwich (3)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Len Duvall OBE Len Duvall OBE Labour

What further interventions are planned in order to address areas in Greenwich where further improvement is needed?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Royal Borough of Greenwich already has its own Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) specific to the issues in this borough as well as focus areas. This sets out a number of local actions and welcomes the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone as a strategic approach to reduce air pollution, as well as recommending it be expanded to cover the whole of London at the earliest possible date. The borough’s AQAP is due to be updated and my officers will continue to work with the borough to make sure its action plan is targeted and effective.

I recently published updated modelling to show ground level concentrations of key pollutants across Greater London for the new base year of 2019. It demonstrated significant reduction in nitrogen dioxide across the whole of London, and that the pace notably accelerated from 2016. I will soon also be publishing new projections for the years 2025 and 2030, with concentration maps and emissions data for key air quality pollutants. At this point we will be able to update our understanding of the areas where further improvement is needed, and the London Borough of Greenwich will be able to update its focus areas and we can work together to take appropriate action to tackle these isolated hotspots.