Air quality and monitoring
Information about air pollution
The Cleaner Air for London website includes:
- information on air pollution levels in the borough and the rest of London
- tools to help you reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution
- personalised air quality advice based on a questionnaire
- resources for schools and businesses so they can reduce their own pollution footprint, with case studies and technical guides
- fact sheets breaking down London’s emissions borough by borough so you can see the major sources of air pollution in your area.
See also the London Air Quality Network website.
airTEXT - pollution alert service
The airTEXT website gives you free pollution forecasts for all London boroughs via text messages, voicemail and email. There are also smartphone apps with daily information on temperature, UV and pollen levels.
airTEXT alerts are particularly valuable if you suffer from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, heart disease or angina or if you care for someone who could be at risk from high levels of pollution.
Sign up to the the AirTEXT info service. Smart phone apps for the iPhone and Android hand sets are available for download.
Air Quality Commission
Hammersmith & Fulham has the eighth highest percentage of early deaths attributable to nitrogen dioxide and to particulate matter air pollution in London, according to a report by King’s College London. The report, commissioned by the Greater London Authority and Transport for London, estimates that this contributes to the early deaths of 203 residents per year.
In response to this, H&F Council has established a resident-led Air Quality Commission to look into the problem. The commission will engage with external experts and local residents in examining the causes and dangers of local air pollution and propose potential solutions to help reduce it.
Visit the Air Quality Commission's web page.
Pollution-aware walking routes
Walking is a great way to get around the borough, but it can be off-putting if the only routes you know are along main roads.
If you’d like to walk more, but would prefer routes that keep you away from the busiest, most polluted roads, you may be interested in the west London urban walking routes walkit.com website.
Smoke control area
Hammersmith and Fulham is a smoke control area which means that it is an offence to emit smoke from a chimney of a building, or from a furnace or any fixed boiler. It is also an offence to use an ‘unauthorised fuel’ unless it is an ‘exempt’ appliance, and even then, it must be a specified fuel for that exempt appliance. The current maximum level of fine is £1,000 for each offence.
More information on smoke control areas may be found here: UK Smoke Control Areas
Smokeless fuels officially authorised by the government are listed on the Defra website here: Smokeless Fuels
Some wood burning stoves and appliances are exempt from these restrictions; a list may be found on the Defra website here: Approved Appliances
Air quality monitoring in H&F
For background information on air pollution in H&F and details of our review and assessment of air quality, visit our air quality monitoring webpage.
- 2016 Air Quality Annual Status Report (pdf)
- 2015 Air Quality Updating and Screening Assessment (pdf)
- 2014 Air Quality Progress Report (pdf)
- 2013 Draft Air Quality Progress Report (pdf)
- 2012 Air Quality Updating and Screening Assessment (pdf)
- 2011 Air Quality Progress Report (pdf)
- 2010 Air Quality Progress Report (pdf)
To comment on these pages, or to find out more about air quality issues, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org