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IPPR Press Release – Monday 10 October 2016

Harry Quilter-Pinner, IPPR researcher on health, responding to the Mayor of London’s announcement of a new consultation on tackling air pollution in London, said:

“Our research shows that London is breaking both legal and World Health Organisation limits on air pollution and that the biggest cause of this is diesel vehicles.

“It shows that without a change in policy up to 9,400 people will die prematurely across capital every year, and London will remain above legal limits until 2025 and beyond.

“We welcome the launch of the formal consultation on additional regulation to address air pollution in the capital. The Mayor of London has taken a vital step in cleaning up London’s toxic air.”


1. IPPR published an interim report on air pollution in London in July, ahead of a full report to be published later this year. The interim report ‘Lethal and illegal: London’s air pollution crisis’ can be found here:

2. This map shows the effect of air pollution in London in 2025 without changes in policy:

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