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What we’re doing about air quality

Filtering traffic

We’re determined to stop traffic from rat-running through residential areas.

By introducing filtered roads, which eliminate through-traffic, we can improve them for walking and cycling and improving air quality in the areas where people spend most of their time.

This forms a key part of our transport strategy

Schools air quality monitoring project

We have one of the most extensive schools air quality monitoring programmes in London.

We monitor air quality at over 50 schools and nurseries across the borough including those in areas of high pollution.

We use this data to support schools to mitigate air pollution by providing funding for green walls (plant walls that block pollutants) at schools.

We offer bespoke advice and supporting them to carry out more air quality monitoring.

Air quality monitoring

We continuously monitor air quality across the borough, using a network of 200 diffusion tube monitoring locations across the borough, which is the biggest diffusion tube network in London.

We also use 2 sophisticated air quality monitoring stations, one of which is mobile and is used to get snapshots of air quality in different areas of the borough.

All of these monitoring sites help us target support to areas with poor air quality.

More information about air quality programs

Charging polluting vehicles

We were one of the first to set up emissions-based parking permits, charging diesel and polluting vehicles more to discourage their use.

London’s capital of cycling

We’ve long worked to be London’s leading borough for cycling, and now have a higher proportion of journeys made by bike than any other borough.

This reduces the number of cars on the road.

Visit cycling to find out more.

School streets

We’ve introduced pioneering school streets, where streets outside schools are closed an opening and closing times to reduce air pollution and help children walk and cycle to school.

We plan to implement a total of 17 School Streets by 2022.

Our own fleet

We’re continuing to expand our award-winning fleet of over 40 electric vehicles, with a large proportion of the rest of our fleet running on biofuels, which reduces harmful emissions.

We’re also about to introduce a bespoke pool bike fleet for the Council to add to our existing fleet of around 30 bikes.

Visit fleet project to find out more.

Supporting electric vehicles

We’ve increased the number of electric charging points from 16 to 53 over the past two years.

By 2025, all households in Hackney will be within 500m of a charging point, making it easier to switch to electric vehicles.

Visit electric vehicles to find out more.

Planting 1,000 extra trees

We’re committed to planting an extra 1000 trees in the borough by 2022, which absorb and block harmful pollutants.

Working with others

Poor air quality is a problem for the whole of London, and can only be solved by working with others.

We lobbied TfL successfully for the Ultra Low Emissions Zone to be extended in 2021 to the whole of Hackney and are working with them to introduce a low emissions bus zone in Hackney.

These zones tackle the worst pollution hotspots by concentrating cleaner buses on the dirtiest routes.

We’ll continue to lobby the Government for more stringent measures to tackle poor air quality.

Ultra low emissions streets

In partnership with Islington Council and the Mayor of London, we were the first borough in London to set up ultra low emissions streets.

Ultra low emissions streets remove polluting vehicles from 5 streets in Shoreditch at peak hours.

Visit ultra low emissions streets to find out more.


Our Zero Emissions Network in the City Fringe supports businesses to switch to low or zero emissions vehicles.

We want to set up additional networks so businesses in other parts of the borough can benefit, and have submitted funding bids to the Mayor of London to do this.

Low emissions neighbourhood

We’re combating air pollution in the City Fringe by creating a low emissions neighbourhood, which will introduce schemes that prioritise walking, cycling and the use of electric vehicles.

We’re working in partnership with Islington and Tower Hamlets councils on the scheme, which is funded by the Mayor of London.

Air quality action plan

You can read more about how we’re tackling poor air quality in our air quality action plan.

We’ll be consulting on a new plan this year.


We work with developers through the planning process to ensure that building work and new developments don’t add to poor air quality in the borough and that the health of future occupiers is protected.

To tackle air quality and promote walking in cycling, our new draft local plan states that all new developments must be car free, with parking limited to disabled spaces or essential servicing needs.

Page updated on: 8 July 2019