How Southwark Is Improving Air Quality

Last updated: 22nd May 2020

Southwark is a district of Central London and it is home to a continuously growing population. Poor air quality and air pollution is a major concern in London and as a result, multiple initiatives have been implemented across London to reduce air pollution.

The capital had introduced ultra-low emission zones and for businesses and schools, they have implemented measures to reduce indoor air pollution in buildings. This improves the indoor air quality for pupils, workers, and residents.

Southwark in particular has seen some difficulties in maintaining an acceptable air quality as the district is not currently meeting the legal limits for air pollution, set by the EU legislation. A large portion of the borough has exceeded the legal limits of NO2 pollution and a few other local areas have also exceeded the limits for particulate matter pollution. In order to improve the outdoor and indoor air quality and reduce pollution, Southwark declared an Air Quality Management Area.

Steps Taken for Air Quality Improvement in Southwark

In addition to many other areas in London that are working towards improving air quality, Southwark Council have been implementing their plans to combat air pollution on a local level with several on-going projects. Southwark Council introduced engine idling enforcement in 2017 which reduces needlessly running the vehicle engine. This may contribute to lower air pollution on roads, around schools, and other high traffic areas.

Southwark Council have been adding more electric vehicles to their fleet and also installing extra charging points for electric vehicles. In addition to this, they have introduced new 20mph speed limits on roads that are overseen by the Council. This could encourage people to use alternative methods of transport, such as walking or walking. This could also reduce the chances of road accidents.

With Schools, the Council has been working with local educational establishments to implement the ‘School Streets campaign. This campaign encourages schools to close roads outside of the school during certain times of the day to reduce air pollution when children are being dropped off or being picked up. During these times, the roads will be safer for children.

The Council has also been working with a range of businesses and organisations to further reduce air pollution. They introduced low emission walking routes and low emission business neighbourhoods.

How Are Local Areas in Southwark Improving Air Quality?

Southwark Council has been working with local areas and communities to reduce air pollution by encouraging residents to take part and commit to one change.

Residents are encouraged to:

  • Use sustainable travel or transport (such as electric vehicles, walking, or cycling).
  • Opt for public transport where possible to avoid congestion and further air pollution.
  • Use less electricity and gas at home.

How Can Businesses Limit Air Pollution & Improve Air Quality?

To reduce air pollution in Southwark, the Council has implemented stricter rules for all applications that could have a negative effect on air quality. Businesses will need to consider the air quality and potential air pollution with the following applications:

  • Planning applications
  • Parking and traffic control
  • Fleet vehicle management
  • Parking and traffic control
  • Green travel and walking

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