Air pollution


Below you'll find general information about air pollution and how the Council is tackling it. You can also follow the links below for more information about air quality programs.

Tackling air pollution in Hackney

We tackle air pollution in Hackney by:

  • monitoring air pollution levels in the borough and deciding whether any air pollutants are exceeding national air quality objectives
  • declaring air quality management areas and producing and implementing an air quality action plan to reduce air pollution levels - read the proposed air quality action plan 2015-19
  • controlling industrial pollution
  • investigating and enforcing air quality nuisance and idling vehicles

Report idling vehicles

Idling is an offence under the Road Traffic Regulations 1984. Also, turning off your engine and restarting it after a minute or longer causes less pollution than keeping the engine idling and uses less fuel. So if you see cars idling somewhere on a regular basis please let us know so that we can try to do something about it.

Email us at: with relevant information including:

  • location
  • type of vehicle
  • time of day

Air quality monitoring programme

Councils are required by law to monitor air quality, under part IV of the Environment Act 1995.

We continuously monitor nitrogen dioxide, ozone, PM10 (particles from vehicle fumes, industrial emissions and some natural sources, that can be breathed in to the lungs) and PM2.5 (fine particles that are understood to have the biggest impact on public health of all particulate air pollution) on Old Street, and nitrogen dioxide at 15 other sites.

We've finished a number of monitoring programmes over the past twenty years, including continuous monitoring of nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone and PM2.5 at Hackney College on Kenninghall Road.

Please contact us for more information.

Zero emissions network (ZEN)

ZEN Shoreditch is a network of local businesses working together to improve air quality.

It offers tailored advice, free trials of electric vehicles and cargo bikes, energy consultation and supply chain solutions.

Businesses that take part will help the local environment, boost their green credentials, comply with the latest environmental legislation and set themselves apart from their competitors with forward-thinking sustainable business practice.

What can businesses to do improve air quality?

There are many things that businesses can do to improve air quality in areas such as transportation, building efficiency, energy use and policy, whilst saving money.

We would like businesses to:

  • use zero/low emission vehicles for deliveries and business travel
  • encourage staff and visitors to walk, cycle or use public transport
  • ensure premises are run in an energy efficient manner
  • choose green energy suppliers
  • dispose of waste in a sustainable way
  • build sustainability into your company policy

 More information about air quality programs

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