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Working with City businesses

We have been working with City businesses to develop a list of simple, effective actions that can be taken by companies to help improve air quality in the Square Mile.

We are asking all businesses to take small steps to reduce emissions of pollutants associated with buildings and transport. This could be:

  • transport choice of employees
  • emissions associated with deliveries
  • heating and cooling buildings

It all contributes to poor air quality

Please take time to read the Summary Document (350KB) and see what steps your company can take to place air quality on the agenda and help reduce emissions of pollutants.

Best practice guidelines

The Best Practice Document (2MB) provides further insight into air quality and puts actions that we can take to improve air quality in context. They have been developed through extensive consultation and with the kind support of a number of key partners.

Get involved

Air Quality Champions Network

The CityAir business engagmenet programme launched the Air Quality Champions Network in June 2017 at the first of a series of lunchtime seminar workshops run every 6 months. Over 40 City business are now involved.

Air Quality Champions are organisations that are committed to reducing their emissions and improving air quality in the Square Mile; their actions are held up as case studies and examples for other organisations to copy or follow.

Workshop 1: AQ Champion Grants, hosted by Investec in June 2017

Workshop 2: AQ Monitoring, hosted by T. ROWE PRICE in November 2017

Workshop 3: Building Engineer toolkit, hosted by Linklaters in May 2018

Workshop 4: Supply Chain guide, tbc November 2018

To join please contact cityair@cityoflondon.gov.uk. You can also apply to use the CityAir logo when you're ready to take action.

Air Quality Champions Grant Scheme

Funded by the Low Emission Neighbourhood initiative, from July to September 2017 City businesses could apply for grants of up to £10,000 to support innovative local solutions to fight air pollution. Bids for funding closed in September 2017, and participating businesses have until 31st October 2018 to implement their air-quality improving initiatives.

Examples of initiatives being put in place include new electric charge points in businesses carparks, installation of secure cycle parking and cycling facilities, installation of an air quality monitoring network, and inclusion of greening around office facades.

Commute to Work Air Pollution Monitoring

The LEN project has also funded and provided personalised particulate monitoring for employees of local businesses to record air pollution on their commutes to and from their place of business in the City. Thanks to individuals at Museum of London; Linklaters; Deutsche Bank; Simmons & Simmons; Skanska; Investec; Museum of London; Schroders; Eversheds; and British Lung Foundation for participating.

Individuals were given a personal sidepak monitor and a GPS tracker and asked to keep a log of their daily commute journey for a week. The results have been fascinating and enabled employees to changes their behaviour and routes to work to reduce their exposure to air pollution. The results have also been presented at our CityAir lunchtime workshops.

If you would be interested in assessing the pollution on your commute please contact LEN@cityoflondon.gov.uk

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