Sign up to our business pledge for cleaner air in Leeds
Clean air is vital for our health, quality of life, and the environment around us.
Air pollution can have a harmful effect on the health of residents of Leeds, reducing life expectancy and increasing health inequalities. We want to work with businesses across Leeds to help realise our ambition for cleaner air in Leeds.
We are committed to improving the air we breathe and is asking businesses across the city to sign up and pledge their support to improve air quality. Businesses can sign up to the pledge and support the campaign through a range of actions:
- Raising the profile of air quality through staff briefings and policy
- Provide our city centre walking maps to staff and visitors
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- Reducing gas consumption and reducing generator usage
- Take part in local monitoring
- Promoting walking and cycling to staff and visitors
- Sign up to the ECO Stars fleet recognition scheme
- Consider OLEV grants for workplace electric vehicle charge points
- Reducing deliveries to the office and improving vehicle emissions
- Implement a ‘no engine idling’ policy
It’s a complex issue, so please get in touch for a free one-to-one business briefing with our consultant, Keith Cotton, via email at Keith@crispair.co.uk or telephone 07973 814275.
For any other information, contact us at CleanAirLeeds@leeds.gov.uk.
What are we doing to address air quality?
As well as engaging with businesses to encourage air quality improvements, we are tackling this issue by monitoring air quality across the city and implementing projects to reduce our emissions. We are also greening our fleet and supporting others to lower emissions. To date we have:
- Switched 70 of our fleet vehicles over to zero or ultra-low emissions electric vehicles;
- Extended our free parking offer to owners of Low Emissions Vehicles at all Council run car parks or on street parking bays until at least March 2018;
- Created over 300 additional car parking spaces at the Elland Road Park and Ride;
- Opened the £29m Cycle Superhighway, a cycle route linking Bradford and Leeds, encouraging commuters to cycle rather than drive to work;
- We are currently planning the creation of an alternative fuel station, which would allow us to convert 180 fleet vans to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), including 70 refuse collection trucks
Additionally, we are currently undertaking detailed analysis and modelling of air quality around the city in response to the action plan produced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that requires Leeds to implement a Clean Air Zone by the end of 2019. A paper detailing the results of all of the analysis and recommendations will be brought to Executive Board in the summer.
View air pollution levels across the city. The monitoring results are used to identify areas where the national standards are not being met. These are declared as air quality management areas and the council has to prepare a plan showing how it proposes to achieve the appropriate standards in these areas.
Annual reports are published showing changes in air pollution concentrations and progress towards achieving the national air quality objectives. Older reports are available on request by emailing CleanAirLeeds@leeds.gov.uk.