Improving local air quality
Air pollution can have significant impacts on health, causing nearly 9,500 premature deaths every year in London. It is linked to conditions such as heart and lung diseases, cancer and asthma.
What we are doing
Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan 2016-18
Improving air quality is a key priority for Camden. Following consultation we produced our two year Action Plan, which sets out how we will reduce air pollutants from traffic, construction sites, gas boilers and other sources across the Borough.
Camden’s air quality conference 2016
In November 2016 we brought over 100 residents, businesses and community groups together in Camden’s Council Chambers for our 2016 Air Quallity Conference. As well as hearing what is being done about air pollution across London and in Camden, attendees made over 80 policy suggestions as part of productive breakout sessions.
Find out more about the outcomes from the conference and how we are taking your ideas forward.
Make your voice heard: Take part in TfL’s consultation on proposals to improve
air quality across London
Earlier this year 15,000 people took part in the new Mayor of London’s survey on air quality. There’s now a larger consultation (closing 18th December) which focuses on a new ‘toxicity charge’ for the oldest diesel vehicles in Central London, as well as ideas for improving the Ultra Low Emission Zone. Camden believes the Mayor’s plans are an important step to improving air quality across the Borough and London therefore we recommend you submit a response to this consultation!
For more information and to respond, visit the TfL
consultation web pages.
Volunteer to help reduce improve air quality in Camden!
Camden is looking for volunteers to take part in an innovative educational and behaviour change campaign to reduce engine idling which will help improve air quality across the Borough. As a Vehicle Idling Action volunteer you will be trained up to take part in a series of team Action Days where you will engage with the public to raise awareness about the effects of engine idling on local air quality.
For more information and to sign up visit the Vehicle Idling Action website.
Air quality programme to date
Camden has a thriving programme of work to help improve air quality and reduce people’s exposure to poor air quality, this includes innovative projects with schools and nurseries as well as signing up London’s first 25 business Cleaner Air Champions. Projects include:
- Schools and nurseries cleaner air fund
- Schools Air Quality Monitoring
- Business Cleaner Air Champions
- Free electric vehicle trials for businesses
- Close the Door Campaign
- More polluted in your car?
- School air quality videos
- Guidance to help building operators/ developers reduce air pollution
- Our biomethane gas refuelling station
- Air Quality Summit II
- Air Aware Public Health Campaign
Road transport accounts for around half of both of the major air pollutants in the atmosphere. As a result, the way we choose to travel has a huge impact on air quality Luckily, there are many ways you can travel while creating minimal pollution.
Improve air quality
Air pollution affects everyone. However, people with existing lung and heart conditions, young people and the elderly are most sensitive to its effects.
- sign up to airText and get alerts when pollution is elevated
- guidance on using wood burning stoves
- health effects of air pollutants
Boilers create NO2 , one of the key pollutants in London. They are also responsible for generating 60% of CO2 emissions in an average gas heated home. Help reduce your emissions by:
- installing fuel saving devices
- taking control of your heating
- if replacing your gas boiler, always request a "low-NOx" model
Air quality in Camden
We monitor air pollutant levels across the borough:
Let's get technical
- air quality research
- air pollutants of concern
- industrial air pollution control - LAPPC
- local air quality management