Networking event for businesses who want to tackle air pollution


More than 200 local businesses attended an event to share ideas about how they can be as clean and green as possible.

This month, the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) held its fifth annual networking event with a range of speakers, exhibitors, and industry experts on what is being done to tackle London's air quality crisis, from cutting edge technology to new approaches to mobility. Supported by the council, one idea is to encourage courier riders to switch from using petrol mopeds to electric bikes and scooters at a cost of £200.

ZEN is a tri-borough partnership between the London boroughs of Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets Council, and is supported by the Mayor of London.

The event had a number of themes including Tackling Air Quality and The Future of Buildings, Bikes and Neighbourhood. Guests included:

  • Mayor of Tower Hamlets
  • ZEN businesses and local residents
  • Greater London Authority representatives
  • ZEN project partners.

The Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) is a free to join network that helps residents and businesses in London's City Fringe save money, reduce emissions and improve air quality.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:

“Tackling air pollution is one of my key priorities, and we have recently published an Air Quality Strategy to tackle poor air quality in Tower Hamlets. We will work in partnership the Mayor of London and our neighbouring Boroughs to work with businesses who can make a difference by taking practical steps to reduce air pollution.”

Cllr Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Strategic Development, Waste and Air Quality, said:

For the past five years, Tower Hamlets has played a leading role in the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN), helping save business and residents money. ZEN offers free advice and support to switch to low emission energy and travel options to make the City Fringe a better place to live, work and visit. Tower Hamlets in partnership with our neighboring boroughs are committed to taking action to tackle air quality. 

Since launching in 2013, the network has gained over 1500 members from across Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and Spitalfields and has delivered over 600 emission reducing initiatives.

Posted on Monday 11th December 2017