Environmental Defense Fund Europe analysed pollution data from the Breathe London monitoring network during morning (8-11am) and evening (5-8pm) commuting hours in the first four weeks of lockdown, finding reductions of:
- Borough High Street, at the base of London Bridge: 37% morning and 47% evening
- Cowcross Street, near Farringdon Train Station: 38% morning and 43% evening
- South Street, adjacent to the major transport thoroughfare of Park Lane: 32% morning and 50% evening
Plus, a deeper dive at Borough High Street shows nearly half of NOx pollution at this site was likely coming from commercial activity before lockdown – illuminating why businesses have a key role to play in making London’s air healthier.
If you know of any businesses that are looking to cut air pollution and make a green recovery post lockdown, Global Action Plan is offering free support through the Business for Clean Air Initiative.