Reducing London’s carbon footprint

We aim to reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025. Cleaning up our transport system is a major part of this effort.

Walking and cycling

Walking and cycling is being encouraged as a green and healthy way to travel, with the help of information campaigns, better street design and new features such as the shared cycle hire scheme, safer cycle routes and secure bike parks.

Road vehicles

Road vehicles account for around 80% of transport-related CO2 emissions in London. The Mayor’s 2025 target will only be met if we have strong commitment from Transport for London (TfL), the boroughs, the government, the EU and others to speed up the introduction and use of low carbon road vehicles. This includes providing charging points for electric vehicles and incentives to make low carbon vehicles affordable.

The Mayor will take a lead in reducing CO2 by changing the vehicle fleets under his control through measures such as low emission buses.

Rail and underground

A way of stopping and slowing trains which allows for energy to be recycled, called regenerative breaking, is going to be introduced on London Overground trains and wherever possible on the Tube.

Adapting to climate change

Our transport system is vulnerable to the long-term changes in climate and more frequent, extreme weather conditions. The Mayor and TfL will assess the risk and take timely action to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on transport. This will include designing and constructing infrastructure to withstand future climatic conditions and urban greening projects such as planting thousands of street trees.

Relevant publications

An Electric Vehicle Delivery Plan for London PDF (opens in new window)