The latest data released by the Mayor of London brings the air quality challenge into stark focus.
Approximately two million Londoners are living in areas that exceed legal limits of air pollution, the data has revealed.
According to the figures, released just a week before the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), between the years of 2013 and 2016, no significant improvements were seen in harmful nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations in London’s air.
This was exacerbated by the news that some areas are actually actually getting worse.
It highlights the challenges that the city faces in terms of improving its air quality, and is why the ULEZ is coming into force in central London.
This will mean that vehicles not complying with emissions targets in the area will be charged for entering the zone at any time.
There is an inherent challenge for businesses, whose fleets have to enter the zone to transport goods and services throughout the city.
The Mayor has provided advice to thousands of fleet operators and small businesses, as well as charities and health services, advising them on how they can meet the air quality challenges of the capital.
It also shows that businesses may need solutions to ensure their fuel meet the new emissions targets, or indeed that their fleets are able to stay within the legal limits of areas in London.
Sadiq Khan has highlighted the progress made under his watch, but says the latest data also confirms the need to take action remains urgent.
He said: “From the very outset, I have been crystal clear that I would do everything in my power to tackle London’s toxic air crisis.
“So far in my mayoralty, this includes cleaning up our bus and taxi fleet, and establishing the largest air quality monitoring network of any major city.
“The introduction of the world’s first 24-hour, seven-days-a-week Ultra Low Emission Zone marks a watershed moment in our fight to clean up our filthy air.
“The data I’ve published gives an even clearer picture of the urgent need to take action.”