Extra funding to cut plastic waste in London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a further £6 million of funding in a bid to boost green spaces and reduce plastic waste in the city. The fund will deliver the rollout of more public water fountains – on top of the 20 recently announced – and create better local green spaces, including in areas […]

London mayor unveils £34m energy efficiency and solar schemes

The latest phase of the £34 million Energy for Londoners programme has been unveiled by Sadiq Khan. The mayor’s new scheme aims to make energy bills more affordable, workplaces more energy efficient and supply London with cleaner and more local energy sources like solar power. A new £2.5 million package will target fuel poor homes, […]

London hits legal air pollution limit for 2018

Legal air pollution limits have been reached for the year in London less than a month into 2018. Under EU law, hourly limits of 200 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per cubic meter can be exceeded just 18 times a year. London has already reached the limit this month, with Brixton Road in Lambeth recording […]

London’s noxious smog clears for first time in decade

  London’s air quality has improved this January, staying above legal limits for the first time in ten years. That’s according to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, who said for the first time since modern records began, London entered the third week of January without having breached legal limits for toxic nitrogen dioxide air […]

Sadiq Khan consults on ultra-low emission zone expansion

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a new public consultation on his plans to expand the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ). The ULEZ standards would be applied to buses, coaches and lorries from 26th October 2020 and to cars, vans and motorbikes, with limited exemptions, up to the North and South circular roads from 25th October […]

Sadiq Khan urges London councils to ban fracking

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is urging councils to set an outright ban on fracking in the capital. As part of a new policy in his draft London Plan, he says any applications for the exploration, appraisal or production of shale gas using fracking should be refused by boroughs. He adds the “harmful” process can generate […]

London firms fight air pollution with £1m fund

Five business groups have won a share of £1 million to implement hard-hitting measures to tackle air pollution in London. Mayor Sadiq Khan is providing the funding for firms to implement the ‘Business Low Emissions Neighbourhoods’ in the capital’s most polluted areas, with measures such as zero emission delivery services, cleaner walking routes for staff […]

London mayor confirms ultra-low emission zone for 2019

London is to introduce the world’s first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) on 8th April 2019 – more than a year earlier than initially planned. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the ULEZ will operate 24 hours a day and impose charges on all polluting vehicles that enter the city centre. There will be two charging levels – […]

New project to improve London’s air quality forecasting

A two-year project to explore ways to improve how air quality is modelled in London has been launched. Mayor Sadiq Khan said the collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute aims to develop machine learning models that will enable better air quality forecasting and modelling – which could help reduce the levels of pollution in key […]

The T-Charge: fighting fumes or pinching your cash?

ELN attended the official launch of London’s T-Charge yesterday – the new rule will see drivers of older petrol and diesel cars paying a £10 surcharge if they drive into the city centre. We spoke to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who said as part of a range of measures making up the scheduled […]