What others are doing about air quality

What the government is doing about air quality nationally

In 2019 the government published the Clean Air Quality Strategy, which sets out air quality objectives and policy options to further improve air quality in the UK from today onwards. 

Transport accounts for around a quarter of UK greenhouse gas emissions and affects air quality at the roadside. Government is working to reduce emissions by:

  • promoting public transport choices
  • supporting the market for innovative forms of transport
  • encouraging a move towards cleaner and lower carbon vehicles

Find out about the government's policy on transport emissions.

What the Greater London Authority (GLA) is doing about air quality 

The Mayor of London is responsible for air quality across London.

Find out more about what the GLA is doing about pollution and air quality.

The Mayor of London is responsible for producing The London Plan, with Policy 7.14 relating to air quality. The Mayor has also produced supplementary planning guidance which is relevant to air quality. The guidance includes:

The Transport Strategy was published in 2018 by The Mayor of London.

Policy 6 of the London Mayor’s Transport Strategy 2018 states:

“The Mayor, through TfL and the boroughs, and working with stakeholders, will take action to reduce emissions - in particular diesel emissions - from vehicles on London’s streets, to improve air quality and support London reaching compliance with UK and EU legal limits as soon as possible. Measures may include retrofitting vehicles with equipment to reduce emissions, promoting electrification, road charging, the imposition of parking charges/ levies, responsible procurement, the making of traffic restrictions/regulations and local actions.”

The Transport Strategy proposals 24 to 28 contain measures to improve air quality in Greater London.

Page last updated: 26 August 2022

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