Kingston Council highlights local projects ahead of UK Clean Air Day

Kingston Council has been highlighting local projects, signposting schemes and raising awareness on air pollution in preparation for Clean Air Day this Thursday, October 8.  

Clean Air Day is an annual nationwide campaign organised by Global Action Plan to reduce air pollution levels across the UK.

In the last week the council has:

Covid-19 has indirectly helped the situation in that, according to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, there has been an improvement in air quality on London roads due to decreased traffic levels during lockdown.

Kingston Council has confirmed that air quality has improved locally, reporting on their website: “Kingston [has] seen a 47 per cent decrease in Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) between the control period and lockdown, again largely due to the major fall in traffic, with Cromwell Road specifically falling by 57 per cent.”

The Clean Air Day campaign has urged citizens to rally behind this positive outcome of lockdown and work to continue improving air quality levels.

The participation in Clean Air Day and the initiatives explained above are all part of the wider #CleanerGreenerKingston campaign, which became a priority out of Kingston’s initial assessment report on the climate change emergency discussed at the council’s Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee on November 26 2019.

The report references the council’s commitment to its “2038 carbon neutrality target”.

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