Heygate development and air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-06-19
Session date: 
June 19, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1880
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Plans to more than double the number of car park spaces at the Heygate Estate without apparently worsening local air quality are based on the assumption that significant improvements to vehicle emissions will have been achieved by 2025. However research commissioned by DEFRA has revealed that the expected improvements of diesel vehicle emissions from technological improvements have not shown significant reductions in NOx over the past two decades. Are you concerned this research has further undermined these assumptions?

Answer

Answer for Heygate development and air pollution

Answer for Heygate development and air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The conclusions of the recent Defra-funded King's College London/Newcastle University report only confirms what has been well known for some time. Indeed, I personally raised this matter with European Commission Vice-President Kallas in April 2011.

I am committed to improving air quality in London and in February 2012 I announced a number of new policies that will help deliver this, including in and around the former Heygate Estate. These include proposals for a central London Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020. My understanding is that this will be the first zone of its type in any world city and will place London on a trajectory to a zero emission future.

I have also recently announced a new Ultra Low Emission Discount (ULED) for the Congestion Charging Zone which will encourage the uptake and use of the cleanest vehicles. The minimum emission standard to qualify for the ULED is to emit no more than 75g CO2/km and be Euro V. No diesel vehicle qualifies for the ULED.