London air quality monitoring
Tower Hamlets has 4 automatic continuous monitoring stations within the borough with real time data reporting. The locations of the four monitoring sites are as follows:
- Queen Mary’s University, Mile End Road
- Victoria Park
- Millwall Park
- Blackwall Tunnel Approach
These continuous monitoring stations measure Nitrogen Dioxide, Particulates (PM10), Sulphur Dioxide and Ozone. The first 3 sites are operated and maintained by Ricardo. For detailed information and reporting of data from these sites please visit Air Quality England. The Blackwall Tunnel Approach monitoring site is managed by TfL, the data for this site is available from London Air Quality Network.
In addition, the council also has 90 Nitrogen Dioxide Diffusion tubes located across the borough collecting data used to identify trends and hotspots, predict future pollutant levels, and monitor the success of the implementation of our air quality action plan.
Monthly results from the Diffusion Tube monitoring can be found bellow:
Some industries have potential to cause pollution. They are regulated under the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) regime, through the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR). Some operators have to carry out monitoring in order to prove they are complying with their permit conditions. This might be in the form of frequent visual or olfactory observations; continuous emissions monitoring; and/or periodic manual extractive testing.