Air quality

We are committed to making sure that people throughout the borough have clean air to breathe. We assess the air quality within the borough through a system of Local Air Quality Management (LAQM). This requires us to assess air quality against 7 pollutants. These are:

  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Carbon monoxide
  • PM10
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Lead

For more information on the causes of air pollution and types of pollutants, visit Defra.

Since July 1 2007, all enclosed public places in England became smoke-free. To find out more, visit Smoke-free Wandsworth.

Managing air quality

The borough was declared an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) because it exceeded the permissible amount of air quality for Nitrogen Dioxide and bits of matter known as 'particulates'. We were required to produce an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) containing measures and actions to improve the air quality in the borough.

View the Air Quality Action Plan.

We have completed annual progress reports against our goals in the plan to improve air quality in the borough. View progress reports. The latest report is the Air Quality Annual Status Report for 2015. It reports on data for the calendar year 2015 that was approved and accepted by the Greater London Authority in October 2016. On the basis of the information provided in the report, the Council was awarded Cleaner Air Borough Status. A summary report is also provided. 

Air quality alerts

You can sign up to AirTEXT to receive free air pollution alerts.

AirTEXT alerts can help reduce the effect of pollution on you or someone you look after. The service is particularly useful for people who suffer from illnesses such as asthma, emphysema and heart disease etc.

You can also listen to a daily summary of air quality in the borough by calling our air quality line on 020 8871 6127.

Data

Our current air quality data can be viewed through the London Air Quality Network (LAQN).

The LAQN is managed by King's College London's Environmental Research Group, and records pollution monitoring across London.

We operate air quality monitoring stations in the borough and publish data in review and assessment reports. The latest report is the Air Quality Annual Status Report for 2015. It reports on data for the calendar year 2015 that was approved and accepted by the Greater London Authority in October 2016. On the basis of the information provided in the report, the Council was awarded Cleaner Air Borough Status. A summary report is also provided.