North London Partners in health and care

Targeting avoidable pollution from engine idling

Tom Parkes
Senior Air Quality Officer, Camden Council

The Idling Action Project, jointly led by Camden Council and City of London Corporation, and supported by the Mayor of London, has been running since 2016. It sees 30 local authorities and the City of London Corporation joining forces in a bid to cut dangerous vehicle emissions by targeting avoidable pollution from engine idling, as well as raising awareness about the importance of air quality for respiratory health.

Idling Action has so far delivered air pollution anti-idling workshops with 40 schools, and the project team and volunteers have spoken with 7,900 drivers to ask them to switch off their engines at regular idling action events throughout the city.

Workshops will continue to be delivered virtually at schools in the participating boroughs, and Idling Action will still be able to help ensure that pupils, parents and teachers have the knowledge to reduce and avoid health-damaging air pollution. Schools are encouraged to get in contact with the project team to arrange an air quality workshop:

Idling Action has also recently launched the #EnginesOff campaign to call on businesses and councils to pledge to avoid engine idling, and has developed a range of free toolkits and materials to support with driver training and awareness, all available at