Emissions from Gas Combustion

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Reference: 
2017/0184
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A constituent has requested I ask you the following question: A number of measures are being introduced to reduce transport emissions in London. However, by 2025 circa 50% of NOx emissions in London will be coming from gas combustion in buildings. What do you think can be achieved during your term to reduce harmful emissions from both domestic and non-domestic gas combustion?

Answer

Answer for Emissions from Gas Combustion

Answer for Emissions from Gas Combustion

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Emissions from gas combustion can be tackled in two ways: by increasing the efficiency of our buildings and boilers to reduce the amount of gas burned and by ensuring that new and replacement equipment is of the least polluting design.

I recently announced a £1m "better boilers" scheme that will replace older boilers with new high efficiency models for those in fuel poverty. Unlike previous boiler schemes in London "better boilers" requires the installed boilers to be ultra-low NOx emission.

Through the development of the London Plan and London Environment Strategy I will also seek to ensure that the highest standards of energy and NOx efficiency are met in all new buildings and refurbishments.

Through these kinds of initiatives I expect to make significant progress in reducing emissions from buildings in London.