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Air pollution fell by up to 50% at London commuter hotspots during lockdown

New research based on Breathe London data shows major drops in NO2 pollution at commuter hotspots during lockdown.

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.

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