Environmental representatives within London Buses

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6086
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has long said that having a green or environmental representative within a workplace is a first step in greening the workplace. Will you work with Transport for London (TfL) to enable unions within London Buses to bring in environmental representatives and support them with facility time?

Answers

Answer for Environmental representatives within London Buses
Environmental representatives within London Buses

Environmental representatives within London Buses

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have frequently expressed the view that I consider trade unions to be an important part of any successful workplace. I am proud of the progress my administration, Transport for London (TfL) officials and the transport unions have made in improving the industrial relations climate within TfL, for the benefit of all Londoners.

TfL already takes environmental concerns very seriously, for example with the TfL Energy Strategy setting the direction towards lowering the organisation’s carbon footprint.  TfL also has over 150 environmental champions across the business who are focal points for any localised environmental concerns.  For more urgent environmental concerns, dedicated Health & Safety reps already exists across TfL where Trade Union colleagues can raise environmental concerns.

London continues to have one of the largest and cleanest bus fleets in the world, with more than 150 zero-emission buses and 75 per cent of the diesel fleet at the ultra-clean Euro VI engine emission standard. TfL expects the whole fleet to be ultra-clean diesel towards the end of 2020.