State of air quality in London is extremely worrying, says CIEH
Publication Date: 24th January 2017
Following the first issue of a “very high” air
pollution warning for London under a new alert system, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head
of Policy, said:
“The state of air
quality in London is extremely worrying, affecting not only the environment but
people’s health and wellbeing. It’s good to see the Mayor of London take some
action to make residents aware of the high levels and his plans to reduce the
amount of diesel vehicles on the road and introduce the world’s first Ultra Low
Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2020 are most welcome.
today’s air pollution warning is a wakeup call that more needs to be done and
it must be done now. Not only in London but right across the UK, especially in
other dense urban cities that experience similar, if not the same, problems.
“To that end, in
addition to reducing diesel vehicles on the road, we would like to see better
use of the planning system, more efforts to educate people about air pollution
and incentives for people to use local transport, as well as fiscal incentives
to support diesel scrappage schemes and increase take-up of electric and hybrid
vehicles. Central Government would also be wise to look into introducing a new
Clean Air Act, entrenching effective measures in legislation to tackle air
Notes to editors
For CIEH enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020
7827 5922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Link to Mayor
of London’s Air Quality initiatives: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/pollution-and-air-quality/improving-air-quality
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