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Working with City businesses

Through our CityAir Business Engagement programme, 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, with the advantage of improving employee health and wellbeing, making cost savings and raising awareness around air quality. Businesses can influence local air quality by:

  • Monitoring air quality
  • Reducing emissions associated with deliveries through supply chain management
  • Building management
    Employee awareness

Best practice guidelines

These Best Practice documents put into context actions that we can take to improve air quality. Read the Summary Document (350KB) and the Best Practice documents below to see what steps your company can take to place air quality on the agenda and help reduce emissions of pollutants.

They have been developed through extensive consultation and with the kind support of a number of key partners.

Get involved

CityAir Business Engagement programme

Through the CityAir Business engagement programme, businesses will benefit from:

  • One to one consultation
  • Involvement as case studies in future Best Practice guides
  • Informational lunchtime workshops every 6 months 

Past Workshops:

  • AQ Champion Grants, hosted by Investec, June 2017
  • AQ Monitoring, hosted by T. ROWE PRICE, November 2017
  • Building Engineer toolkit, hosted by Linklaters, May 2018
  • Supply Chain guide, hosted by City of London, November 2018
  • AQ Champion Pledges, hosted by NOMURA, March 2019

To join the CityAir Business programme please email the Air Quality team.

Air Quality Champions Network

The CityAir business engagement programme launched the Air Quality Champions Network in June 2017 at the first lunchtime workshops.

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.

If you’d like to take the Air Quality Pledge and become an Air Quality Champion please email the Air Quality team, to find out more.

Air Quality Champions Grant Scheme

Funded by the Low Emission Neighbourhood initiative 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 had until 31st October 2018 to implement their air-quality improving initiatives.

Examples of initiatives included 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 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.

Individuals are given a personal sidepak monitor and a GPS tracker and 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.

Thanks to individuals at Museum of London; Linklaters; Lloyds; Deutsche Bank; Simmons & Simmons; Skanska; Investec; Museum of London; Schroders; Eversheds; and British Lung Foundation for participating.

If you would be interested in assessing the pollution on your commute please email the Air Quality team.​