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Evolving from the Air Quality Beacon Councils group, the Low Emission Strategies Partnership established in 2008, as an informal group working together to reduce road transport emissions. Since then, we have secured over £1 million in grant funding for local and national projects, and played an important role in establishing low emission tools and approaches.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich acts as the accountable body, holding the financial assets and awarding contracts on behalf of the Partnership. Governance and scrutiny is provided by the Partnership Board, which currently includes individuals representing seven local authorities.

The Partnership's AGM in June 2013 marked a move towards formalising the organisation. As part of this we simplified our name to ‘The Low Emission Partnership', and we have reviewed our approach towards membership.

Scope and Aims

The Low Emission Partnership is a group of local authorities working together to protect public health, and tackle climate change, by reducing emissions from road transport. The Partnership promotes ambitious joined up action to reduce both emissions of toxic air pollutants and greenhouse gases, delivered by cost effective and practical interventions supported by robust impact assessment.

It specialises in two broad areas: (i) accelerating the adoption of low emission transport fuels and technology and (ii) use of emission based assessment to support policy and action. It also works more widely to enable integration of its approach with complementary drivers, interventions and methods.

The overall aim is to achieve and evidence significant emission reductions from local transport.


The Partnership's current work programme is focussed on working with and supporting local authorities to develop and implement local air quality action plans and low emission measures. This includes:

  • Cost effective scoping of options for integrated air quality action – enabling consideration of a broad range of options, meaningful early stage engagement with stake holders, setting of high level objectives and identification of integrated packages of action capable of achieving them.
  • Planning agreements that support low emission development by reducing transport emissions.
  • Fleet management plans, licensing controls and procurement criteria, which accelerate fleet uptake of low emission technologies and increase low emission fleet management and driver training practices.
  • Giving access to and supporting use of practical methods and tools for quantifying impacts, justifying individual measures and supporting negotiation of agreements, alongside progress on establishing assurance and certification mechanisms for low emission developments.

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