Boris Johnson orders Foreign Office to bin plastics

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is to eliminate single-use plastics from its UK operations by the end of 2018. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has also pledged to do the same from its global operations by 2020, making it the first UK Government department to announce such a ban. The FCO, in recent weeks, has […]

It’s official! UK ratifies landmark Paris climate deal

The UK Government has ratified the landmark climate deal agreed in Paris last December. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson signed the agreement, which commits countries to try to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C. The Foreign Office said it will now deposited “at the earliest opportunity at the UN in New York”. The news […]

Boris Johnson accused of hiding air pollution findings

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson has been accused by his successor of hiding some of the findings of an air quality report. The study, which newly appointed Mayor Sadiq Khan claims wasn’t fully published by Mr Johnson while he was in office, has been released. It revealed 433 schools out of 1,777 in the capital […]

London boroughs win £5m to tackle air pollution

Funding worth £5 million has been provided to tackle air pollution in London. A total of 28 boroughs have won a share of the fund. Electric vehicle (EV) charging points on lamp posts in Hounslow, EVs for local shoppers in Waltham Forest and trials of new construction machinery which emit lower emissions are some of […]

London offers £2.6m cashback for energy efficient boilers

Homeowners and landlords in London are being offered £400 cashback if they replace their old boilers with new energy efficient models. The capital’s first £2.6 million Boiler Cashback Scheme’ is expected to help around 6,500 homes become more energy efficient and reduce bills by £340 on average. Heating homes is said to account for more […]

Boris Johnson “concerned” about feed-in tariff cuts

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he is “concerned” about the government’s decision to cut subsidies in the solar industry. At the Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday, he said: “I am concerned about the government’s potential cuts to feed-in tariffs. We are talking to members of all the representative bodies of solar industry in London, looking at […]

London mayor unveils new ultra-low emission plan

Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled new plans to make London the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) capital of Europe. They include working with boroughs to develop “preferential access”, parking or charging in new area-based schemes for ULEVs. The ULEV Delivery Plan also sets out a £65 million programme of ‘Zero Emission Capable London’ taxi top-up grants as it […]

Air pollution health effects ‘higher than thought’

The health impacts of air pollution is higher than expected after taking into account an extra pollutant. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has published a report which assessed the health and economic impacts of the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in 2010. During that year there was the equivalent of 5,900 deaths associated with NO2 long term […]

London Assembly calls on Boris to ‘bin diesel’

London Mayor Boris Johnson is being urged to cut diesel emissions “as soon as possible” to clean up the capital’s air quality. The London Assembly, an elected watchdog which scrutinises the Mayor’s plans and programmes, claims the capital’s air quality is among the worst in Europe. Diesel exhaust is said to be a major contributor […]

World’s first electric double-decker bus to hit London

The world’s first electric double-decker bus will be rolled out in London this year. The capital city will start the trial from October, with the zero-emissions bus running between Cricklewood and Victoria Station on route 16. The decision is part of Mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to reduce half of NOx emissions from the bus fleet by […]