Renewable Energy on the Tube

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


Is there any target and timescale for running all of the tube/rail network on renewable energy?


Answer for Renewable Energy on the Tube

Answer for Renewable Energy on the Tube

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

TfL is focused on attempting to deliver proportional contributions to the CO2 reduction targets set out in the London Plan for London as a whole as follows:15% by 201020% by 201525% by 2020 30% by 2025. TfL will seek to achieve this through a range of initiatives that will include increasing the efficient use of energy, using energy from low-carbon sources (eg Combined Heat and Power) as well as sourcing energy from renewable sources. LU currently buys about 16.8 per cent of its total electricity requirements (10 per cent of its bulk demand) from renewable sources. However, LU recognises that simply buying more electricity through green tariff contracts will not necessarily result in additional renewables generation capacity. To ensure LU effectively contributes to the overall Mayoral CO2 reduction targets, it is developing a `Renewables Plan' (with the objective of presenting it to the TfL Board in February 2007). From this plan, specific projects and initiatives to reduce LU's climate change impact will evolve.