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Olympic Games 2012: Air Pollution

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Minister for the Olympics if she will include reduction of air pollution as an objective for the Olympic legacy. (259333)

The Government have set out how the UK aims to meet EU air quality limits in their Air Quality Strategy. We have no plans to set targets outside that strategy specifically for the 2012 Games.

However, we recognise that good air quality could make the Games a platform for demonstrating long-term solutions for improving air quality. Measures being taken include: the Olympic sites aiming to meet the stringent requirements in the London Best Practice Guidance to reduce emissions from demolition and construction; energy efficient buildings acting to lessen emissions; and improved public transport services to reduce the need to travel by car.