Improving Air Quality
London’s air quality is a concern for everyone who lives and works in the city. We understand the importance of taking tangible steps to improve air quality on our Estate and beyond. We have 17 Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) monitoring stations across the Estate, which showed that in 2019 concentrations of NOx were approximately 10% lower at roadside locations and 25% lower at background locations at Canary Wharf than across the London Central Activities Zone based on 2018 data extrapolated for 2019.
Across our Estate, we operate a no idling policy to reduce vehicle emissions, and we’ve installed 23 electric vehicle charging points. In our Wood Wharf development 10% of parking spaces will be equipped with charging points. Of the 120,000 who work at Canary Wharf every day, over 85% travel to the Estate by public transport.
In September 2019, we became a founding member of Global Action Plan’s Business Clean Air Taskforce (B-CAT) in conjunction with Defra. Other founding partners of the Taskforce are Philips, Uber, Engie, Octopus Electric Vehicles, Blueair, Ricardo, and BP Chargemaster. The B-CAT has four main aims:
- Set standards for business action on air pollution
- Produce roadmaps and guidance to help businesses know what they should be doing to transition us to a low pollution economy
- Foster collaborative action between businesses that aim to shift us to a cleaner air society
- Communicate a positive vision for business involvement in cleaning up our air to government, industry and the public