Today, the Mayor of London published a HealthLumen report commissioned by Transport for London and the Greater London Authority modelling the long-term health impacts of changing exposure to NO2 and PM2.5 in London.
The report reveals that by 2050 the impact of current air quality policies, including the London Environment Strategy are predicted to result in the avoidance of around 300,000 new cases of NO2 and PM2.5 related disease and 1.2 million new air pollution related hospital admissions Londonwide by 2050. This equates to a cost saving to the NHS and social care system of £5.0 billion.
Of the findings, our COO Laura Webber said: “Our modelling shows that if no action is taken to reduce current levels of pollution, by 2050 the number of new diseases attributable to man-made NO2 and PM2.5 in London is estimated to be up to 850,000. This will place a significant burden on London’s health and social care system. The Mayor’s policies in place to reduce and restrict NO2 and PM2.5 are expected to have an important and positive impact on the reduction of air pollution-related disease across London over the next 30 years.”