Businesses in London are being offered up to £200,000 from a total of £1 million in funding for projects aimed at reducing air pollution in their area.
The funding, which is being offered by the Mayor of London through an Air Quality Business Fund, is for businesses to deliver their own Business Low Emission Neighbourhood on a high street, around office buildings or in a retail park.
Applications for the fund opened yesterday (26 June) with an expression of interest required by 1 August, and final submissions to be entered by 15 September.
In its guidance for applicants, City Hall states that applications are open to individual or groups of businesses – such as retail parks or industrial estates or Business Improvement Districts. “Applicants will need to demonstrate a clear plan and commitment to improving the public realm within the chosen area for the benefit of all,â€? the guidance states.
Measures that could be included have been detailed as: consolidation of loading activities, electric vehicle charging, infrastructure to improve walking or cycling, reducing emissions from freight and green infrastructure.
In a statement to launch the fund, City Hall said: “Could you benefit from new green areas for your staff and customers, low emission vehicle infrastructure, or support to set up a zero emission home delivery service?
“Lead the way for London’s businesses by applying for up to £200,000 to deliver your very own Business Low Emission Neighbourhood to reduce pollution on your high street, around your offices, or in your retail park.
“This brand new fund is open to businesses and business groups (including Business Improvement Districts) to deliver improvements that will help make your local area more pleasant for customers and staff to walk and cycle in, as well as helping businesses to reduce their emissions and running costs.â€?