Climate Change

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Nicky Gavron
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


What is TfL dong to ensure it plays its part in meeting National and London Wide targets on greenhouse emissions?


Answer for Climate Change

Answer for Climate Change

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

Written Answer: TfL is committed to reducing CO2 emissions from both its own operations and from transport sector in London as a whole.

TfL has undertaken extensive analysis over the last year to identify the best opportunities to reduce emissions from each transport mode. This work will form the foundation of the transport recommendations contained in the Mayor's upcoming Climate Change Action Plan due to be published in January.

TfL is taking action in many areas to make transport in London more sustainable. It is investing heavily in walking, cycling and travel demand management. The Underground already purchases 17% of its electricity from green sources and is working to increase this proportion and improve energy efficiency. As well as supporting various low carbon vehicle trials, TfL recently announced that it will be replacing London's buses with diesel-electric hybrids as quickly as it can. These buses emit up to 40% less carbon dioxide than standard diesels. Then of course there are the proposed changes to the congestion charge.

TfL is also working to reduce emissions associated with its staff and offices through building energy efficiency measures, staff behavioural campaigns and the installation of micro-renewable energy equipment.

A lot of this work is already part of TfL's core business activity and is funded. But in order to pump-prime additional measures to reduce CO2 emissions, to raise awareness or further promote behavioural change, a Climate Change Mitigation Fund of £25m has been approved by the TfL board and will be in place from April 2007.

Oral Answer: There is a brief answer; we are doing a lot.