Sadiq Khan has launched Breathe London – the world’s largest air quality monitoring network.
This comprehensive network of air quality monitors will investigate and improve London’s toxic air, and has been made possible due to collaboration with the Environmental Defense Fund Europe and Google Earth Outreach.
Two of Google Earth’s Street View cars have been equipped with air quality sensors, which can take pollution readings every 30 metres across thousands of locations in London whilst they are on the move across the city.
Breathe London will use a combination of analysis and cutting edge technology to build a real time picture of the capital’s air quality.
The unprecedented level of data and detail will be extremely useful in informing the powers-that-be about why London’s air is so toxic, giving insight into sources of pollution.
In addition, the Mayor of London has confirmed that 100 state-of-the-art fixed sensor pods will be placed on buildings and lampposts, in areas that are known to be air quality hotspots.
It will give Londoners the chance to view an interactive map which will reveal the quality of air they are breathing in in the city, whilst allowing for accurate pollution forecasting.
London is proactive in trying to drive down pollution and increase air quality; Sadiq Khan has introduced low emission bus zones, and the Ultra Low Emission Zone is set to come into operation in April.
And the Mayor said Breathe London is one important component in the drive to improve air quality.
“The launch of Breathe London is just one part of my campaign to improve London’s air quality, alongside cleaning up the bus fleet, funding a scrappage scheme for micro-businesses to remove the most polluting vans, and the launch of the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London in April.
“But we can’t win this battle without more help from the government who, as we saw from their hugely disappointing Clean Air Strategy yesterday, are still failing to take this problem seriously and offer the support London needs to tackle this public health crisis.”