TfL's increasing CO2 emissions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3277
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Why in the recently produced business plan are TfL's CO2 emissions projected to rise to 1,875 thousand tonnes in 2013/14 before they start to fall? Why cannot TfL cut CO2 before this date?

Answer

Answer for TfL's increasing CO2 emissions

Answer for TfL's increasing CO2 emissions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL officers are currently compiling this information and will shortly send a response.

Information provided on 27 November 2009:

TfL's CO2 emissions forecast shows a small increase, less than one per cent, from 2009/10 to 2013/14.

TfL's infrastructure investment programme, such as the Tube upgrades, is delivering improved power systems, track, signalling, trains and stations to deliver more service frequency, capacity and comfort. The scale and nature of TfL's programme means that over the period, the increased CO2 emissions from these activities outweighs the reductions that will be achieved from operational areas.

However, encouraging more people to use public transport rather than driving, may lead to a very small increase in TfL's own emissions, but lend to an overall fall in CO2 emissions. The emissions are then forecast to decrease so that at the end of the Business Plan period, CO2 emissions per passenger kilometre will be lower than today.