The City of London wants law makers to get tough on polluting emissions from combustion plants such as boilers, generators, off-road mobile-machinery and combined heat and power plants. It also wants to see a crackdown on idling engines. As a member of both Policy and Resources Committee and Port Health and Environmental Service Committee I have supported the City’s efforts to accelerate progress.

The City Corporation will now consult about the proposed Clean Air Bill with interested parties, including other London boroughs. And the proposed bill is likely to be introduced as a private members’ bill in the House of Lords and could start its passage through Parliament in early January – If the parliamentary timetable allows debate on issues other than Brexit!

The proposed legislation would see tough rules coming into force in designated Air Quality Improvement Areas (AQIA), such as the Square Mile, where air pollution levels exceed World Health Organisation guidelines.

Gas boilers would be banned if they exceeded an emissions limit set by the Secretary of State for the Environment.

Mobile generators, construction equipment and stationary generators breaching limits would also be outlawed.

The City also wants it to be an offence to install solid fuel burners and combined cooling, heat and power plants if they exceed emission limits.

On 15 November the Policy and Resources Committee gave it’s backing for consulting with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Greater London Authority, and other London boroughs.