Deep breaths in SW1 as London firms boost air quality

London’s air record isn’t the cleanest right now – but it might be worth heading to SW1 for a breath of fresh air. Today a dozen businesses in the London […]

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By Vicky Ellis

London’s air record isn’t the cleanest right now – but it might be worth heading to SW1 for a breath of fresh air.

Today a dozen businesses in the London district of Victoria picked up Air Quality Pledge Certificates recognising their commitment as Air Quality Champions in their area.

Firms taking part in the scheme include two theatres – Apollo Victoria which stages ‘Wicked’ and Billy Elliot’s current home Victoria Palace –  as well as the Taj Hotels and Guoman the Grosvenor Hotel and Caffe Nero.

Awarding the certificates Councillor Heather Acton, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking said: “Improving air quality in the city is a complex challenge and it will require continued cooperation and collaboration if we are to make the progress we all want to see.”

David Beamont, Operations Manager for the Victoria Business Improvement District who heads up the pledge initiative added: “Our message is that simple, small changes to business behaviours can improve local air quality and reduce health risks to people whilst making businesses more efficient.

“Companies can explore using electric vehicles in their supply chain, encourage employees to walk and cycle, and examine their boilers as a first step to improving air quality. We ask our partners to embed air quality in procurement, environmental and CSR policies.”