Zero Emission Zones for London by 2020 in Mayor’s new Environment Strategy
Zero Emission Zones in some
parts of London could be introduced as soon as 2020 in a bid to accelerate the roll-out
of electric vehicles, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s newly published Environment
The Strategy sets out Mr
Khan’s vision for London’s environment in 2050 and has been presented to the
London Assembly for consideration before final publication in the coming weeks.
The focus of the Strategy is
on cleaning up the capital’s toxic air,
‘greening’ its streets, reducing waste and tackling climate change. The
overall aim is to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 with energy
efficient buildings, clean transport and energy and increasing recycling.
publishing the Strategy, Mr Khan called on the government to help deliver his
vision for London, and requested extra powers to help him achieve his goals.
The Zero Emission Zones would
be introduced in some town centres within the capital, in response to the views
of businesses and local authorities that they should be delivered sooner than
the previously anticipated 2025 date to accelerate the roll-out of electric
Based on Mr Khan’s actions to
clean up the capital’s air, London is expected to be legally compliant with
nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limits by 2025 - the same date as set out in the
government’s Air Quality Plan. However, he says he wants to achieve legal
limits well before that dateline.
Mr Khan said: “This strategy
sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures,
tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city
that adapts to the impacts of climate change. We must also protect, improve and
add to our outstanding green spaces as we aim to become the world’s first
National Park City.
“By continuing to invest in our environment and work with boroughs and
communities, we can improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in