• Norwood Forum

Clean Air

Thursday was Clean Air Day and the Mayor of London was able to report that London’s air is getting cleaner: 

  • New data shows a 97% reduction in the number of state primary and secondary schools located in areas exceeding legal pollution limits – from 455 in 2016, to just 14 in 2019
  • There is a 94% reduction in the number of Londoners living in areas exceeding legal limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • However, 

The message from the Mayor though is there is still a long way to go until Londoners breathe clean air as tens of thousands still live in areas with illegally polluted air and 99% of London still exceeds WHO recommended limits. 24% of roads in inner London still exceed the legal limits for NO2. For dangerous particles (PM2.5) the challenge is greater still with only one% of London meeting WHO recommended limits. This underlines the need to expand the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North and South Circular roads in 2021 as 3.8 million people live within the expanded ULEZ zone.

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