Mayor Khan: “All new London buses will be zero-emission”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced that all new buses ordered by Transport for London (TfL) for the UK capital will be zero-emission.
This builds on its recent achievement of making its entire bus fleet compliant with strict Euro VI emission standards, which are the same standards adhered to in the ultra low emission zone (Ulez).
The increased use of public transport is already a fundamental part of tackling the twin emergencies of toxic air pollution and climate change. One of the major things that TfL can do to decarbonise its services is to remove diesel and continue to make the network zero-emission.
TfL has already significantly invested in the zero-emission bus industry, with 950 zero-emission buses on the road or on order. With the market more mature and expanding in the UK, TfL can guarantee that it will only purchase new zero-emission buses, so that a fully zero-emission bus network can be delivered three years earlier in 2034. However, the UK Government is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by more than two-thirds (68 per cent) by 2030.
With government support, TfL can bring London’s bus fleet into the scope of delivering on that target and achieve a fully zero-emission fleet by 2030.
“In the year of Cop26 and after setting out my ambition for London to be net zero by 2030, I’m committed to do all I can to help clean up the transport network and reduce its emissions,” said mayor Khan.
“London’s toxic air is a shameful health crisis which is causing premature deaths and stunting the growth of children’s lungs. As part of our work to tackle both the harmful emissions we breathe and the climate emergency, I am proud to announce that London will no longer procure new diesel or hybrid buses and will only procure zero-emission buses.
“I’ve worked hard to ensure TfL’s entire bus fleet across now meets the Ulez standards, this includes 550 zero-emission buses. We need to act now and accelerate the transition to a greener future, with cleaner air for all.”
The announcement comes as the mayor hosts the Zero-emission Bus Summit. The summit, organised by the Campaign for Better Transport and TfL, will see representatives from central and local government, bus operators, manufacturers and wider stakeholders meet today (17 September 2020) at City Hall to drive forward the uptake of zero-emission buses across the UK.
“The world has woken up to the desperate need to make big changes to tackle the climate emergency, and the single biggest thing we can do is to move to a zero-emission bus network as soon as possible,” said Louise Cheeseman, TfL’s director of buses.
“We’ve done everything possible to make the bus network clean and now we are focused on making it green, which is why it’s so important that we’re able to commit that all new buses in London will be zero-emission. We’re working to have a completely zero-emission bus network as soon as possible, and with government support we could do this by 2030 while also stimulating the bus market.
“Every town, city and region has a part to play in reducing the country’s carbon emissions and addressing climate change.”
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