User login

"It is time to work together on climate change and air quality"

"It is time to work together on climate change and air quality"

24th October 2017

As the T-charge comes into force in London, experts discuss using creative policy to combine air pollution and climate change solutions.

This week, the ‘toxicity charge’ – or T-charge – came into force in London. Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles that do not meet certain emissions standards will have to pay a daily fee to drive in central London.

This policy was designed in response to the discovery two years ago that many diesel vehicles had real-world emissions far beyond those reported in labs, and is part of a package of measures introduced by Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, to combat air pollution.   

Air quality policies like the T-charge, and their impact on health and the environment, were the subject of a panel discussion last week. The event was co-hosted by The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, Policy Connect’s All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG), the All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution and the Royal Meteorological Society. Attracting over 70 participants, it brought together stakeholders from different, and often separate communities, to discuss how to approach air pollution and climate change challenges.

Read the full summary of the event by the Grantham Institute