Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan wants more power to tackle construction pollution

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called on the government to grant him and London borough councils additional powers to tackle non-road pollution sources in the capital.

Mr Khan has written to Michael Gove, the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, setting out his demands.

The mayor has requested powers in regulating non-road mobile machinery, river and canal emissions, and wood and solid fuel burning.

Mr Khan said: “Non-transport sources contribute half of the deadly emissions in London, so we need a hard-hitting plan of action to combat them, similar to moves I am taking to reduce pollution from road vehicles.”

Non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) such as diggers and bulldozers are the second-largest source of ultra-fine particulate matter (PM2.5) emissions in London and the fifth-largest source of oxides of Nitrogen (NOx).

Mr Khan has requested that he receives greater powers to enforce the standards of the Non-Road Mobile Machinery Low Emission Zone (NRMM LEZ).

This scheme imposes minimum emissions standards for machinery used on construction sites.

Mr Khan added: “With more than 400 schools located in areas exceeding legal pollution levels, and such significant health impacts on our most vulnerable communities, we cannot wait any longer and I am calling on government to provide the capital with the necessary powers to effectively tackle harmful emissions from a variety of sources.”

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