Innovation & Enterprise


Sadiq Khan visits UCL to launch his new 'Toxicity charge' for polluting vehicles

24 October 2017

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, visited UCL on Monday 23 October to mark the launch of his 'T-charge' and promote action to tackle London’s air quality.

Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, at UCL’s nursery in Bloomsbury

Mr Khan visited UCL’s nursery, which is based on two sites in Gordon Square and is rated good and outstanding by Ofsted, on the day the new charge came into force.

He met Kate Burkenshaw (UCL Nursery Manager), Dr Celia Caulcott (Vice Provost Enterprise), Richard Jackson (UCL Estates’ Director of Sustainability), nursery staff members and the children at the nursery.

Dr Celia Caulcott took the opportunity to brief the Mayor on UCL’s commitment to working with the Mayor and the Greater London Authority to improve the city’s air quality.

UCL works with organisations across London, such as community groups, charities and businesses, to tackle air pollution, improve access to information about the environment, and develop solutions to deliver a better environment for Londoners.

This includes vital work by UCL-supported organisations such as Mapping for Change, which provides community monitoring and mapping projects in key areas of the city like the Barbican and UCL's neighbourhood in Camden.

Reflecting the Mayor’s emphasis on protecting the health of children in London from the impacts of pollution, UCL’s Energy Institute and Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering recently collaborated with Public Health England to launch a new, fully funded PhD studentship that will model the exposure of children to air pollution in deprived communities.


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