LEZ Phase 3

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2009
Reference: 
2009/0331
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Can you provide estimates of the improvement in PM10 emissions that can be expected from the following measures by 2010 and 2012: Introducing 56 hybrid buses to the London fleet by the end of February 2009; 300 new hybrid buses will join the fleet by March 2011, all new buses entering service in London being hybrids from 2012. Delivering eight hydrogen hybrid fuel cell buses in 2010. Funding of £1m to trial low carbon technology in London's taxi fleet. Introduction of a fuel efficient driving campaign aimed at both taxi and private hire drivers. Smoothing traffic flow. Introducing schemes to encourage motorists to leave their car at home and use more sustainable methods of transport (include the introduction a bike hire scheme to London). Establishing an Electric Vehicle Partnership to support greater uptake of electric vehicles.

Answer

Answer for LEZ Phase 3

Answer for LEZ Phase 3

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL's existing programme of measures to reduce vehicle emissions - including the first two phases of the Low Emission Zone, Congestion Charging, the Taxi Emissions Strategy, the natural vehicle replacement cycle, and the London bus retrofit programme - is expected to reduce PM10 emissions by some 425 tonnes in London. This represents a 25% reduction in PM10 emissions by 2010 compared to 2004.

Other schemes in TfL's business plan are being assessed in more detail. At this stage it is anticipated that these could deliver a further reduction of 50 tonnes of PM10 by 2011 - though a more detailed estimate is being carried out and will be contained the information accompanying the public consultation on LEZ Phase 3.

I recently met with Lord Hunt to discuss Air Quality issues, and agreed that the GLA and Defra will now work jointly on a package of measures to address PM10 emissions in London. The range of measure you outline will be an important part of this package to improve air quality in London.