Royal Greenwich’s Cleaner Air Borough accreditation has been upheld by the Mayor of London.

Cleaner Air Borough status is given to boroughs that are effectively monitoring and working to reduce air pollution. It recognises the work being done across the Royal Borough to improve air quality.

In its approval of the Council’s Air Quality Annual Status report, the Greater London Authority (GLA) highlighted the Zero Emission Deliveries project and the ‘Missing Link’ scheme as being of particular note in terms of Royal Greenwich’s commitment to being a clean air borough.

The ‘Missing Link’ on the Thames Path opened last month. It is a £1.5m investment connecting a break in the Thames Path at Charlton which has, until now, meant cyclists and walkers were diverted inland onto the busy Woolwich Road.

The Zero Emission Deliveries (ZED) project is the first council supported pilot of a cargo bike zero emission delivery scheme in London. It will offer local residents and businesses a professional delivery service which can transport everything from letters and parcels, while contributing zero emissions into the local environment.

In Royal Greenwich, nitrogen dioxide concentrations at the majority of the automatic monitoring sites, as well as the mean level for the roadside and background diffusion tube sites, have shown a general reduction over the last seven years.

‘Committed to our Greener Greenwich agenda’

Denise Scott McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport, said: “The Royal Borough is committed to our Greener Greenwich agenda. We just took delivery of a world first in zero emission technology; a diesel refuse collection vehicle ‘repowered’ into an electric run, zero emission truck.

“Our Low Emission Neighbourhood project is piloted some really exciting innovations in improving air quality and we will soon launch the pilot of an electric vehicle Car Club.”