What we are doing

We are taking a range of actions to improve air quality across Camden. You can find out more by viewing the links below. 

Camden’s Clean Air Action Plan 2016-18

Following a public consultation in summer 2016 we produced our new two year Clean Air Action Plan, which sets out how we will reduce air pollutants from traffic, construction sites, gas boilers and other sources across the Borough and outlines the 65 actions we plan to take to reduce pollution across Camden.

Camden’s air quality conference 2016

Our Autumn 2016 air quality conference built on the publication of our Clean Air Action Plan, and was an opportunity for residents to help shape our work on air quality. The six key themes that emerged from the conference were: move towards Camden being a diesel free borough; more trees and green spaces; promotion of electric vehicles; introducing car free days and reduce the number of vehicles on our roads; working more closely with schools to tackle air pollution; and working towards more measurements and target setting in our Action Plan.

We’re working to make progress on all of these themes: you can download our commitments on diesel vehicles and on the other five conference themes below.

Holding High Speed 2 to account

Camden has secured over 100 assurances with High Speed 2 which will help to minimise and mitigate the adverse impacts of the project on Camden. You can find out more about the air quality assurances by visiting our main High Speed 2 web page. HS2 have also been undertaking their own baseline air quality monitoring as a result of one of our assurances. You can view this data  by clicking on the links provided at the bottom of the page on the HS2 in Euston website.

Progress over the last year

Here are some of the other actions we have taken since the publication in summer 2016 of our new Clean Air Action Plan 2016-18. Our actions have been categorised into the five themes of the Action Plan.

Monitoring air quality

  • We have launched a new way to view all our monitoring data on the Camden Open Data website. This includes up to date information on all types of monitoring equipment in Camden and the most up to date results.
  • We have purchased additional AQmesh units and have worked with HS2 Ltd on our assurance for them to undertake baseline monitoring across the borough. HS2 will also be sharing a great deal of their construction dust monitoring data with the community as a result of a data sharing assurance we have secured.
  • We are supporting 21 community air quality monitoring projects across Camden, the results of which will be made available on our air quality monitoring page.

Reducing emissions from buildings and new developments

  • We’ve strengthened air quality requirements in our Local Plan and will be making changes to our supplementary planning policies once the Mayor of London’s new Environment Strategy is finalised.
  • We have finalised our assurances with HS2 and met with their principal contractors for enabling works to ensure that all work meets the standards and agreements we have made with HS2 Ltd.
  • Leading the London Low Emission Construction Partnership with 11 other boroughs and King’s College London to drive best practice in managing dust in the construction industry.
  • We have begun a trial of new electric generators to replace diesel generators that are often used on construction sites.
  • Our wider home energy efficiency work continues – reducing domestic gas consumption and emissions across our own estates and in private homes.

Reducing emissions from transport

  • Electric vehicle infrastructure: we’re progressing with plans to install new rapid charging units at off road sites, while also planning a trial of lamppost charging points to complement our existing charging network.
  • We continue to promote walking and cycling across the borough through a number of projects and urban realm improvements.
  • We’ve completed a trial at St Joseph’s school in Holborn where road closures at the start and end of the school day resulted in large reductions in car use. We are now looking to implement this kind of project at other schools across the borough.
  • Our permanent compressed natural gas installation is in place at our York Way depot, which provides vital infrastructure for our own fleet and for private fleets which are able to use the station.
  • Our freight consolidation centre project continues to reduce the number of vehicles servicing council buildings, and we are looking to bring in private sector businesses to use the centre.
  • We’re in the process of updating our procurement policies to strengthen our green fleet requirement for council contractors.

Raising awareness

  • We held the Camden Air Quality conference in November 2016, which had over 100 attendees and was an opportunity for us to hear direct from residents on what they see to be our priorities in this area. We have taken many of these suggestions on, including six key themes selected by attendees.
  • We refreshed our web pages, including producing a new FAQ section, to make it easier for residents to find out more information on air quality and our work.
  • Our anti idling action project has seen Camden staff and resident volunteers take to the streets to try and reduce the numbers of idling vehicles around our schools.
  • A separate project involves UCL students conducting citizen science experiments with pupils in a number of schools in the south of the borough.

Lobbying and partnership working

  • We’ve strongly advocated a wider and earlier Ultra Low Emission Zone by responding to a TfL consultation earlier this year and through a meeting with the London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. We are expecting a further TfL consultation on the ULEZ later this year.
  • We also encouraged residents to take part in that consultation and will publish a summary of our response to the next TfL consultation later this year.

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