London sets 2020 zero-emission target, car-free days ‘under consideration’
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed he plans to bring forward the introduction of zero-emission zones in the capital from 2025 to 2020, meaning many businesses in the capital will have to act sooner to make sure their fleets meet the new requirements.
The original 2025 target was announced as part of the mayor’s 2050 Environment Plan last year, that set out the mayor’s ambitions to make London a ‘zero carbon’ city by 2050.
There are also rumblings that car-free days could be introduced in London in the near-future too, with sources saying officials plan to roll out separate the scheme in London boroughs by the end of this year, with the potential for city-wide car-free days next year.
Khan commented: “By continuing to invest in our environment and work with boroughs and communities, we can improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in London.”
In a bid to reduce CO2 levels and improve air quality, the mayor is also set to deliver a London-wide network of cycle routes, with new routes and improved infrastructure to tackle barriers to cycling. The Mayor’s new aim is for 70% of Londoners to live within 400 metres of a high quality, safe cycle route by 2041.
Bus routes are currently in the process of being changed to give more reliable journeys, and from 2019 all double-decker buses will be hybrid and all single-deck buses will emit zero exhaust emissions by 2020. By 2037 at the latest, all 9,200 buses across London will be zero emission, too.