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Improving air quality

Find out what we are doing to improve air quality in the borough.

Published on: 18 December 2020

Last updated: 19 January 2023

Air quality is the number one concern for people in Westminster.

To help tackle this problem, we have put the following measures in place: 

  • Encouraging walking and cycling, and creating better infrastructure for electric and low-emission vehicles, we have the largest electric vehicle charging network in London.
  • Keeping pollution and emissions to a minimum when planning new developments and roads, including requiring developers to sign up to our best-in-class Code of Construction Practice.
  • Working with businesses to help them reduce their emissions through our Freight Servicing and Delivery Strategy. We’re also working closely with our contractors, such as Veolia, in helping them make the switch to electric waste vehicles.
  • Monitoring air quality across the city which helps shape policy to reduce pollution. Our air quality monitors also allow communities to see what pollution is like in their area. This helps encourage people to make changes to reduce their own emissions or their exposure to pollution, such as to walk via parks and quiet roads or get public transport instead of driving. We’ve supported several community groups to install monitors in their local areas.

Building a Fairer Environment is one of the main pillars of our Fairer Westminster strategy.