Air Quality Challenge

Llooking for solution that utilise data to help reduce vulnerable residents’ exposure to air pollution

What is the challenge?

Create a data service that models and visualises air quality data and health impacts from air pollution control measures to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable residents.



London Borough of Lambeth

Who are the end users?

London Borough of Lambeth and Lambeth residents

What impact are we seeking? 

  • Ability to quantify the potential air quality and health impacts of specific interventions
  • Lambeth Council is strategic in its pollution mitigation interventions
  • Lambeth residents are aware of PM2.5 levels and the impact of specific interventions
  • In the longer term, improvement to Lambeth residents’ health and local air quality levels

What will the Resilience Partner provide?

  • Provide access to relevant data (i.e. air quality, public health, transport data)
  • Facilitate meetings with Lambeth Public Health, Air Quality and relevant teams (e.g. Transport)
  • Provide all necessary details of the interventions to improve local air quality and health

What does good look like?

Mapping exposure to PM2.5 for over 200 “sensitive receptor” locations in Lambeth, and mapping air quality/health impacts of five different types of measures in those locations to create:

  • A visualisation (e.g. in map form) of air quality data and health impacts of specific air pollution control measures that a resident who is not an expert in air quality can understand
  • A 50% reduction in the time taken by the council to identify sites for air quality interventions in Lambeth and quantify potential impacts
  • Open data feeds

Background information

  • PM2.5 is a dangerous air pollutant.
  • In 2016, Lambeth emitted 96.8 tonnes of PM2.5. Modelling shows that PM2.5 safe levels are being exceeded.
  • The Mayor of London has committed to reaching WHO levels by 2030.
  • Research has shown that strong interventions are needed to achieve this target.
  • Vulnerable groups – unborn babies, children, the elderly, those with existing health conditions, and people in poorer working and living conditions – are most likely to suffer from its effects.
  • A reduction in PM2.5 pollution is linked to positive health outcomes for vulnerable groups.
  • There is currently no solution that combines data on PM2.5, location of vulnerable groups within the borough (schools, nurseries, care homes, hospitals), and models how specific interventions (e.g. traffic strategies, wood burning control measures, restrictions on cooking fuels) reduce exposure to PM2.5, and hence improve health outcomes, of those vulnerable groups.
  • The tool can be of use to Lambeth Council and other London boroughs as well as local decision-makers and community-driven campaigns for improved air quality.

About the Resilience Partner

London Borough of Lambeth is an inner London borough with a population of 326,000.