Major causes of air pollution

Smoke and smells

Royal Greenwich is a smoke control area, meaning that smoky fuels are banned and furnaces, chimneys and industrial processes are monitored carefully.

Authorised appliances listed under the smoke control area orders must be used to burn solid fuels such as coal, coke and wood. Most properties use gas for heating and hot water and this is a very clean fuel. Others are linked to district heating schemes using large central boiler houses.

Smoke control area

As the borough is a smoke control area you won't see smoke coming from domestic chimneys. If you do, please report it.

Smells (odours) can come from industry, local shops and businesses. 

Problems with bonfires and barbecues

Smoke and smells from bonfires and barbecues are a serious pollution problem.