Small changes in our everyday behaviour can make big differences to London’s environment. Below are a few ways in which Londoners can improve air quality, enhance their health, save money and help tackle climate change.
- Turn down the central heating when possible.
- Install home energy efficiency measures.
- Avoid installing polluting wood-burning stoves.
- Avoid burning garden or domestic waste, especially in urban areas.
On the move
- Use public transport rather than the car wherever possible.
- Walk or cycle for short journeys, instead of using the car.
- Use eco-driving techniques to reduce your fuel use.
- Ensure your car is not wasting fuel, by regularly checking oil and tyre levels.
- If you are buying a car:
- Avoid older diesel cars, as they tend to be more polluting than petrol models.
- Buy the most efficient and cleanest vehicle that you can, look for the car’s Euro standard – this is the air pollution standard that the vehicle was constructed to meet, ranging from Euro 1 (worst) to Euro 5 (best).
- Consider purchasing an electric car and benefit from road tax and congestion charge exemption, cheaper fuel costs and government subsidies.
- Buy or hire the cleanest vehicles available.
- Develop travel plans to encourage employees to use public transport, walk or cycle.
- If employees have to drive as part of their jobs, organise eco-driving training for them.
- Install workplace energy efficiency measures.
- Freight operators are encouraged to sign up to TfL's Freight Operator Recognition Scheme.