Key areas of work
Covid-19 led to a behavioural change of Londoners that contributed to temporary improvements in air quality. Last year, we witnessed one of the longest experiments and testing of interventions to reduce air pollution across the city. LEDNet’s work on air quality and transport is central to ensuring that we optimise the benefits we experienced, influence the development of air quality and transport policies and nudge behaviour towards more active and sustainable transport modes.
Last year we held a series of air quality-focused workshops on a quarterly basis with the aim of gaining insight from external speakers and discussions amongst LEDNet members. Topics over the last year included the impact of Covid-19 on active travel, parking control as a means of changing behaviour, electric vehicle charging arrangements and how we use planning and development measures to improve air quality.
We aim to have further workshops during 2021/22 according to the following schedule:
- Wednesday 28 July 2021, 14:00–16:00; coroner's report on air pollution deaths
- Tuesday 2 November 2021, 14:00–16:00; fleet electrification
- Tuesday 8 February 2022, 14:00–16:00; tbc
LEDNet's work on air quality and transport is led by Chris Lee, Director for Environment and Regeneration at LB Merton. Other London boroughs represented on the cluster are Croydon, Ealing, Havering, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth. The cluster meets four times/year.
External organisations on the cluster include London Councils, ADEPT and London Technical Advisor’s Group (LoTAG).
Projects and publications
Recent work on air quality and transport includes:
- Joint statement position on air quality with ADPH London
- Research into the impact of Covid-19 on local transport in London
- Joint statement with TEC on air quality and waste and resources
Engaging with the cluster
Please contact the LEDNet team if you have queries relating to LEDNet’s work on air quality and transport or are interested in presenting at a meeting.