Additional Low Emission Zone

Meeting: 
MQT on 2010-10-13
Session date: 
October 13, 2010
Reference: 
2010/3187
Question By: 
Mike Tuffrey
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your air quality strategy acknowledges that the limit values for NO2 will still not be achieved around Heathrow Airport by 2015 without significant further action. Have you investigated a targeted additional Low Emission Zone around Heathrow? What discussions have you had with BAA regarding an LEZ and other measures to reduce the adverse impact of their operations on local air quality at Heathrow Airport?

Answer

Answer for Additional Low Emission Zone

Answer for Additional Low Emission Zone

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Written response provided on 19 October 2010:

My draft Air Quality Strategy includes proposals to reduce NOx emissions across the Capital, including the introduction of a NOx standard to the current London-wide LEZ from 2015. This would also reduce emissions of NOx from ground-based transport around Heathrow. Introducing a NOx standard to the LEZ will require assistance from the Government.

My officials are working closely with the Government and Heathrow Airport Ltd to develop measures to reduce emissions at Heathrow. One such measure is to encourage BAA to continue implementing measures to reduce emissions from airport operations. These include the use of fixed electrical ground power to reduce the need for auxiliary generators and the introduction of cleaner airside vehicles. I am also encouraging the Government to work with the aviation industry to encourage the use of lower-emitting aircraft. Finally, I will work with the Government and BAA on measures to promote the use of public and other sustainable transport to gain access to the airport.