Working together: Sadiq Khan and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Getty
Sadiq Khan today issued a joint appeal with the mayor of Paris for EU chiefs not to water down toxic air limits and risk killing 16,000 more people a year.
The Mayor of London and Anne Hidalgo wrote to Sharon Dijksma, president of the European Union’s Environment Council, calling for tough and legally binding targets under the new National Emissions Ceiling Directive, which is being finalised. They stressed that there is a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to proactively address Europe’s air quality crisis with a new set of national “ceilings” for pollutants.
“Across the Continent the equivalent of 400,000 people die each year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution,” their letter said. “Estimations by the European Commission suggest that weaker national emissions ceilings would lead to about 16,000 extra deaths in the EU every year. This is not acceptable and we require our governments to follow the bold lead taken by our cities in tackling this issue.
ext year with the requirement — for the first time — of on-road, ‘real world’ testing.”
A government spokesman said: “Tackling air pollution is a priority for this government and we are working with EU partners to agree ambitious and fair emission limits for key air pollutants from 2030.”