Sadiq Khan joins Paris mayor in plea to cut pollution in Europe
2 June 2016, Blog
Sadiq Khan has joined forces with the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, to call upon EU leaders to introduce tough targets to cut air pollution.
The London and Paris mayors wrote a joint letter to the president of the European Union’s Environment Council, Sharon Dijksma, advocating for robust and legally-binding targets in order to help reduce the 400,000 deaths per year across the continent caused by air pollution.
The letter stated that current testing proposals for the directive would allow nitrogen oxide emissions from vehicles to substantially exceed agreed emissions limits until 2020. It warned that if national emissions ceilings were weakened, European Commission estimates indicate that around 16,000 more may die each year in the EU.
The pair claimed in the letter that there was a “once-in-a-generation” chance to tackle Europe’s air quality crisis, adding that the current situation “is not acceptable…we require our governments to follow the bold lead taken by our cities in tackling this issue.”