Assembly calls for even tougher air quality targets

The call comes in the Assembly’s response to the Mayor’s final Air Quality Strategy which sets out City Hall’s policies and measures to tackle poor air quality which is linked to an estimated 4,300 premature deaths every year.

Assembly Members are calling on the Mayor to set tougher targets than required by European standards. AMs also back the Mayor’s calls for Ministers to devise an national plan to deal with nitrogen dioxide.

Murad Qureshi, Chair of the Environment Committee said: “London’s poor air quality has a serious impact on the health of Londoners and contributes to thousands of people dying prematurely each year.

“We welcome the Mayor’s commitment to reducing pollution in the capital and are pleased he has taken on board some of our recommendations. However, he needs to aim even higher if he really wants to clean up London’s air.”

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