Almost 3,000 of you shared your views on the draft London Environment Strategy back in the summer of 2017. Since the final strategy was published on 31 May 2018, the Mayor and his team have been working hard to deliver on the priority actions below.
81% of you felt that air pollution is a very big problem and 72% supported the idea of charging owners of high-polluting vehicles.
In April 2019, the Mayor introduced the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). Vehicles that don’t meet tough emissions standards are charged to enter the zone, 24/7. In September 2019, 77% of vehicles in the zone met the ULEZ emissions standards, compared to 39% in February 2017. Roadside nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution has reduced by 36% in the zone from February 2017 to September 2019.
90% of you strongly supported upgrading bus and taxi fleets to meet lower emission standards.
The Mayor has now delivered all 12 Low Emission Bus Zone routes ahead of schedule. This has reduced bus-related NOx emissions by an average of 90% along some of the capital’s most polluted routes. Around 85% of all Transport for London (TfL) buses – including all buses operating in the ULEZ – now meet or exceed ULEZ emission standards. By October 2020, the whole TfL bus fleet (c. 9,000 buses) will meet or exceed ULEZ standards. London now has the largest zero emission bus fleet in Europe.
Diesel taxis are no longer being licensed and since January 2018, TfL licenced more than 2,500 Zero Emission Capable taxis.
The majority of you supported plans to make London a National Park City, with more than half of the city green by 2050.
London became the world’s first National Park City in July 2019 and celebrated this with a National Park City festival. Around 90,000 people took part in over 300 events and outdoor activities.
Several you said you are proud of London’s parks but expressed concern over their future conservation. Since then, then Mayor has set up the London Green Spaces Commission to develop new ways to manage London’s green infrastructure. The commission will publish their recommendations to London boroughs in 2020.
The Mayor’s Greener City Fund has planted over 175,000 trees and improving 175 hectares of green spaces. A further 100,000 trees are being planted this winter, which will help towards the target of increasing London’s tree canopy by 10% by 2050.
CLIMATE AND CLEANER ENERGY
69% of you said you are likely to take actions at home to reduce energy consumption - such as programming your heating so that it only comes on when needed.
The Mayor’s Energy for Londoners programme launched in 2016. It has supported over 35,200 London homes and helped with the retrofit of around 200 public sector buildings by cutting carbon emissions.
In September 2019, the Mayor announced London Power. This new energy company for London launched on 13 January 2020 and offers all Londoners fairer electricity and gas prices, 100% renewable electricity and helps tackle fuel poverty.
Most of you strongly agreed with plans to reduce single-use plastic bottles, with 80% of you feeling that businesses should do more to help this.
The Mayor has worked to promote schemes that allow Londoners to refill water bottles on-the-go. He supported the launch of Refill London last year. There are now over 3,000 shops, businesses and organisations that are offering free water refills to the public. He has also worked with the Zoological Society of London to install 28 drinking water fountains across London which have dispensed thousands of litres water since they were installed. The Mayor is now expanding this network through a partnership with Thames Water which is installing over 100 drinking fountains across London over the next two years. You can find all Refill stations and drinking fountains on the Refill app.
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