Air pollution in our biggest cities is much worse than most of us have realised.  It averages well over twice World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines and legal limits near many of London’s busiest roads.  Mayor Johnson has estimated some 4,300 premature deaths in London in 2008 were attributable to long-term exposure to dangerous airborne particles alone.

Clean Air in London’s Mission is to achieve urgently and sustainably full compliance with WHO guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere.  It works closely with other campaign groups and a wider network of supporters and volunteers to identify and build understanding of the most important issues and encourage decisive action on them.

Clean Air in London’s immediate priority is to see that air quality laws are enforced rigorously in London and elsewhere.  Clean Air in London believes that if we comply fully with relevant laws Britain can show the world how to tackle successfully air quality, climate change and sustainability issues.

Clean Air in London is a not-for-profit organisation funded by donations, sponsors and other supporters.  It is not a charity in part because a registered charity is not allowed to have political objectives or take part in political lobbying (other than in a generally educational sense).  Clean Air in London may wish to participate in such activities.

Clean Air in London is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, with company number 7413769 and registered office address Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks SL7 1PB

Clean Air in London’s Articles

An article by Simon Birkett about the story and vision of ‘Clean Air in London‘ was published in a special edition of ‘environmental SCIENTIST’, the Journal of the Institution of Environmental Sciences, titled ‘Air Quality – should we have achieved more?’ in April 2013

Awards, recognition and roles


Simon Birkett has been presented with the London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award for his outstanding contribution to achieving a truly sustainable Olympic and Paralympic Games in particular for his focused commitment to tackling air quality, climate change and sustainability issues.  Note: no conditions were attached to this award or services provided.

London 2012 Sustainability Ambassadors Award

Campaign for Clean Air in London won the City of London Corporation’s inaugural Sustainable City Award presented for Outstanding Contributions to Enhancing Air Quality 2010/2011 on 3 February 2011


Global Opportunity Network interview with Simon Birkett, published in January 2016, focused on the themes of ‘Disruptive determination’ and Taking down walls’.


Simon Birkett was interviewed by Air Quality News in its wrap-up on 2015:


Simon Birkett was Creator and Producer of ‘One Atmosphere’ which is a 35 minute film about the lessons he has learned from 10 years of campaigning.  It calls for urgent action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.  The film can be viewed in full or 10 chapters and has had over 100,000 video views on Twitter since its launch in November 2015.


Headline Interview on London Live on 26 May 2015 (22 minutes from 21:30 minutes)


Simon Birkett appeared in Chai Jing’s ‘Under the Dome’ (from 9 minutes 30) in March 2015

Simon Birkett was included in the Evening Standard’s list of the Top 1,000 most influential people in London, under the category ‘Eco-warriors’, on 16 October 2014 and 16 September 2015:



Clean Air in London was highlighted by Twitter as one of its success stories globally on 21 March 2014.


See also https://twitter.com/CleanAirLondon.

Simon Birkett was profiled by the Guardian on 22 February 2011.  See: ‘Former banker’s pollution fight a breath of fresh air

Simon Birkett was chosen as one of six international individuals of the year by the Guardian on 27 December 2010.  See: ‘2010 – The environment year in review

Simon Birkett was profiled as a Campaign Hero by The Ecologist on 15 November 2010


Clean Air in London supported the Communique from the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership to join up the climate change and air quality agendas on 2 March 2016.


Simon Birkett became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers’ London Air Quality Taskforce in February 2016



Creator and Producer of the One Atmosphere film about the lessons learned from 10 years of campaigning. It calls for action to reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gases to protect public health and mitigate climate change.  Launched in November 2015, the film had had over 100,000 video views on Twitter in the first month.  Watch it in full or 10 chapters on Vimeo or Facebook:



Simon Birkett became a member of the West End Partnership Amenity Group in July 2015

Simon Birkett was elected as the Chair of the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum on 16 September 2015 with a three year term


Simon Birkett was appointed a member of the External Advisory Board for the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Health Impact of Environmental Hazards on 15 March 2015


Simon Birkett was appointed to the United Nations Environmental Programme’s (UNEP’s) High-Level Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Advisory Group (HLG) for GEO-6 on 14 March 2015



Simon Birkett was elected a founder member of the Executive Council of the European Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and served between February 2013 and summer 2016.


Simon Birkett acted as an Expert on air quality for DG Research of the European Commission and the European Environment Agency in 2012.

Simon Birkett assisted Policy Exchange with its report ‘Something in the Air: The forgotten crisis of Britain’s poor air quality‘ published on 19 July 2012

Simon Birkett has been a Science and Policy Adviser to ClientEarth since July 2009

Simon Birkett has been a member of Environmental Protection UK’s Air Quality Committee since [2009]

Campaign for Clean Air in London was a member of Defra’s Air Quality Forum between January 2008 and February 2012


Camfil Farr in the UK is the first Gold Sponsor of Clean Air in London.

Camfil Farr is also supporting a campaign by Clean Air in London to build public understanding of indoor air quality, initially in London, with advice for people on protecting themselves (adaptation) and reducing pollution for themselves and others (mitigation).  Camfil Farr has launched a website called Keep the city out to support this campaign.

Camfil Farr and Clean Air in London agree that clean air is a human right.   The sponsorship is based on mutual respect and is backed by an explicit agreement that Clean Air in London can speak without ‘fear or favour’.  Camfil Farr has made clear to Clean Air in London its commitment to the banning of smoking in buildings.

As part of this sponsorship Clean Air in London provides a minimum number of days of advisory services to Camfil Farr each year.

Clean Air in London has also provided advisory services to the New West End Company.

Honorary Founder Supporters


Campaign for Better Transport


Environmental Protection UK (formerly the National Society for Clean Air)

Friends of the Earth

London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies

Leading politicians

Ken Livingstone, Former Mayor of London, Labour

Sian Berry, Green Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2008 and 2016

Baroness Jenny Jones AM, Green Party candidate for Mayor of London in 2012

The Lord Berkeley, Labour

Baroness Ludford, Liberal Democrat

Baroness Kate Parminter, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Davey, Liberal Democrat

The Rt. Mark Field MP, Conservative

The Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind QC MP, Conservative

Catherine Bearder MEP, Liberal Democrat

Seb Dance MEP, London, Labour

Jean Lambert MEP, London, Green

Claude Moraes MEP, London, Conservative

Dr Charles Tannock MEP, London, Conservative

Keith Taylor MEP, South East England, Green (2013)

Darren Johnson AM, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, London Assembly, Green

Len Duval AM, Leader of the Labour Group, London Assembly

Jennette Arnold AM, Labour, Chair of the London Assembly

Nicky Gavron AM, Labour

Joanne McCartney AM, Labour

Murad Qureshi AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, London Assembly, Labour

Navin Shah, AM, Labour

Baroness Doocey, Liberal Democrat

Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat (2012)

Caroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group in the London Assembly

Mike Tuffrey, Liberal Democrat

Councillor Paul Braithwaite, Camden, Liberal Democrat

Councillor Tony Devenish, City of Westminster, Conservative

Councillor Quentin Marshall, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Conservative

Councillor Rachael Robathan, City of Westminster, Conservative

Councillor Philippa Roe, Leader, City of Westminster, Conservative

John Tomlinson, Deputy, City of London

Clean Air in London Awards 2013

The following people have been presented with a Clean Air in London Award 2013 (alpha order):

Bianca Jagger               Founder and Chair, The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Leading politicians

Caroline Allen               Green, Islington

Victoria Borwick AM    The Deputy Mayor of London, Conservative

Barry Gardiner MP       Ed Miliband’s Special Envoy for Climate Change and the Environment, Labour

Robin Meltzer               Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Richmond Park, North Kingston and New Malden

John Tomlinson             Chairman of the Port Health and Environmental Services Committee,

City of London Corporation

Greater London Authority

Isabel Dedring               Deputy Mayor, Transport and Deputy Chair, Transport for London

Elliot Treharne              Air Quality Manager


Professor Bernard Fisher           Former Chair, Institute of Air Quality Management

Dr Fintan Hurley                       Scientific Director, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Professor Frank Kelly                Chair, Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants and Head of the Environmental Research Group, King’s College London

Dr Brian Miller                          Principal Epidemiologist, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Business people and consultants

Edward Dearnley          Consultant

Iarla Kilbane-Dawe       Consultant

Steve Moorcroft            Director, Air Quality Consultants and Chair, Air Quality Committee, Environmental Protection UK

Simon Pratt                   Managing Director, Portico.  Formerly, Chief Executive, The Knightsbridge Apartments

Local campaigners

Jonathan Callaway        Deputy Chairman, The Putney Society

Tim Henderson

Dr Stanislaw Prokop

Caroline Russell            Chair, Islington Living Streets

Non-governmental organisations

Louise Duprez               European Environmental Bureau

David Kidney                Head of Policy, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

Tamsin Omond              Climate Rush

Anne Stauffer               Deputy Director, Health and Environment Alliance

Clean Air in London Awards 2014

London Air Quality Network               Operated by King’s College London

Leading politicians

Phil Bennion MEP       Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for the West                                      Midlands

Emma Dent Coad        Labour, Councillor, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Greg Foxsmith             Independent, Councillor, London Borough of Islington

Andrew Gwynne MP   Labour, Shadow Minister for Health

Phil Jones                    Labour, Councillor and Cabinet Member, London Borough of                                                  Camden

Alastair Moss               Conservative, Councillor and Deputy Cabinet Member for Built                                              Environment, City of Westminster

Chris Smith                  Green, Tower Hamlets Mayoral Candidate

Keith Taylor MEP        Green Party Member of the European Parliament for the South East

Frixos Tombolis           Conservative, Councillor and Deputy Cabinet Member for City                                               Management, Transport and Environment, City of Westminster

City of London Corporation

Ruth Calderwood         Environmental Policy Officer, City of London Corporation

Scientists and medical

Isobel Braithwaite        Medical student and Co-ordinator of Healthy Planet UK

Dr Rossa Brugha         Clinical Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Sylvia Medina         Co-ordinator of the Aphekom project

Business people

Michael Liebreich        Founder, Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Director, Transport for London

Najy Nasser                 Director, Headstart Advisers Ltd

Local campaigners

Darryl Chamberlain     Co-founder, No to Silvertown Tunnel

Stewart Christie               No to Silvertown Tunnel. Gallions Bridge campaigner.                                                             Liberal Democrat

Alan Haughton                Stop City Airport

Sarah Hudson              Chair, Barbican Association Sustainability Group

Dr Carolyn McMillan      Chair, The Putney Society

Rosco White                Stop Horn Lane Pollution (SHLAP)

Non-governmental organisations

Génon Jensen         Executive Director, Health and Environment Alliance

Peggy Liu               Chairperson, Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy (JUCCCE)

Honorary Founder Supporters

John Tomlinson           Chairman of the Port Health and Environmental Services                                                       Committee, City of London Corporation

Note: Listed in alphabetical order

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Abbreviated accounts for period ended 31 December 2011

Abbreviated accounts for year ended 31 December 2012

Abbreviated accounts for year ended 31 December 2013

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