Councils’ innovative air quality effort wins plaudits

Release Date: 09 November 2017

A joint project led by Richmond and Merton Councils, and sponsored by the Mayor of London to improve air quality across central and south London has been nominated for the Local Authority & Public Sector Air Quality Initiative of the Year category at the National Air Quality Awards.

This project seeks to ensure the use of cleaner engines on construction sites through on the ground engagement, education and co-ordination between local authorities and major developers and their supply chain.

Although only in its second year, the project already covers 14 London Boroughs and has already had a huge impact, ensuring that large developments have the cleanest construction equipment possible and reduce their contribution to the overall problem of poor air quality,

Cllr Ross Garrod, Merton cabinet member for street cleanliness and parking said:

“Air quality is a huge issue we all need to address and working with companies and in partnership with Richmond in this constructive way helps towards our goal to clean up our air. In Merton we’ve also introduced a diesel levy and we’re making it easier for people to use electric vehicles. We are leading the way on helping improve air quality to help create a cleaner environment for us all.”

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Cabinet member for Environment, Business and Community said:

“Ensuring we address the issue of air quality is one of the most important challenges for the Council so it is fantastic to see the innovative work being done by our joint services to help address the issue of Air Quality in London.

“The evidence is clear that poor air quality and pollution can have serious health implications for people in Richmond upon Thames, in particular those suffering from underlying medical conditions. It’s a problem that will require innovative and joined up solutions, that’s why the Council has been consulting on a Plan for improving long term air quality across the borough.”

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 23 November at The Crystal, London.

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Updated: 1 December 2017