Press release: 21 October 2019

Dirty air threatens people’s health, clean air zones are the most effective way to clean it up

New research by King’s College shows a spike in the number of children and adults being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment on days of high pollution in cities across England. Additionally, new data from the Greater London Authority evaluates the impact of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on air pollution concentrations and emissions. Below is a statement from Andrea Lee, clean air campaigns and policy manager at ClientEarth.

“King’s new research is a stark reminder of the impacts that air pollution has on people’s health across the country. Our air is filthy and clean air zones are the most effective way to clean it up in the shortest possible time. This is backed up by newest data from London that show that the Ultra Low Emission Zone reduced nitrogen dioxide pollution by 29% during a three-month period, compared to a scenario where no ULEZ was in place.

“These results are very encouraging and prove that we don’t have to accept dirty air solely because we live in towns and cities. National and local government have to work together to urgently create a national network of clean air zones, like the Ultra Low Emission Zone in London, with help and support for people and businesses to move on to cleaner forms of transport.”


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