Like all inner-London boroughs, Lambeth has some of the worst air quality in Europe. Poor air quality impacts on everyone working, living, studying or travelling through our borough. As a result, it’s important that we do everything we can to improve air quality and reduce pollution.
Monitoring our air quality
We currently monitor air quality at three key locations in the borough, Brixton, Streatham and Vauxhall. You can see results from the monitoring stations on the London Air Quality Network website. You can also receive this information on your mobile phone or by email by signing up on their website or subscribing to text updates from Airtext. This is particularly helpful to asthma sufferers and those with allergies.
We are looking at ways to improve our air quality and are planning to launch a number of new projects including an anti-idling campaign to encourage drivers to turn their engines off when stationary. We also want to install green walls at a number of locations across the borough. We’ll bring you more information on these projects as soon as we can.
How you can help
To make a real difference, we need your help. There are a number of easy actions you can take to help reduce pollution and improve air quality. Here are just a few:
- Walk or cycle instead of taking the car and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Our sustainable travel pages have lots of info on cycling and you can plan your walks with free websites and apps such as Walkit.
- Being as energy efficient as possible at home will help to reduce your CO2 emissions.
- If your boiler needs replacing, request a low or ultra-low NOx model.
- Don’t burn your garden waste, compost it!
We’d love to hear your ideas for improving air quality in your local area. If you’ve already taken action, we’d love to hear about that too! You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org