It was great to hear Cllr Louise Krupski talk about the good things Lewisham Council are doing to make the air cleaner in the borough and to reduce CO2 emissions.
The ULEZ is expected to reduce NOX by 30% north of south circular and 26% south of it as businesses change their fleets and car owners change their diesels (which are rapidly loosing value) to electric or petrol.
In previous years, London surpassed its air quality target for the whole year by 6th Jan. This year it hasn’t been announced yet-so things are improving, but they are still bad.
Lewisham benefits from the High level research done by kings and has won awards for the steps it is taking. These include:
-Education of parents through kids about reducing idling and cycling/walking to school
-Working with the construction industry to reduce CO2.
-Partnerships with businesses in north London to reduce freight use and create clean air villages.
-Liveable Neighbourhood grants to improve cycling and walking networks.
-Starting to increase electric charging points on street from currently 10 to 16 this year to ultimate goal of there being a point within a 10 minute walk of every resident.
But there is more that can be done if the community get behind these schemes and start our own schemes.
You can sign up to the clean air pledge on the council website to do something positive today.