Small steps

Residents can help reduce pollution levels in the following areas:

Car use and travel

Vehicle exhausts are a major source of air pollution in urban areas but with some thought drivers can reduce emissions from their cars in 3 ways:

Car driver
  • By reducing car use whenever possible by walking or cycling instead of driving short distances or using public transport.
  • By adopting good driving habits;  not revving the engine unnecessarily, driving smoothly within speed limits, and avoiding sudden braking or acceleration, this will use less fuel and so reduce costs and exhaust emissions.
  • By maintaining your car, and keeping the engine properly tuned and the tyres at the right pressure.

For more information download the Smarter Driving Tips leaflet

Interactive walking maps

Walkit is an interactive urban journey planner for walkers that promotes walking in London, with the aim of providing a route that avoids the most polluted streets.

The site maps out a ‘lower pollution’ walking route detailing the distance and time it should take, and the carbon dioxide emission avoided by choosing to walk compared to other transport modes.

Plan your route by visiting walkit.com

Garden waste disposal

Garden bonfires are often a significant local source of air pollution, particularly if the smoke doesn’t disperse readily. Not only can this cause a smoke nuisance, for which the Council may take legal action, it is seldom necessary.

Saving energy

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Using less fuel for heating and hot water means burning less gas or oil with a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel costs. Check the Energy Saving Trust website for advice on saving energy in the home or in your business.

Read about the actions being taken to help us adapt to climate change and how to calculate your own COfootprint from emissions that result directly from your actions using an online carbon calculator.