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Carbon Trust: Future Air Quality improvements will not come from vehicles

Carbon Trust: Future Air Quality improvements will not come from vehicles

An interesting report from The Carbon Trust, explaining how tackling air quality in London needs gas boilers to be replaced.

This report, commissioned by the Mayor of London, provides guidance to the Greater London Authority (GLA), London Boroughs, social housing providers and others who may be considering heat pump retrofit in their housing stock. It highlights the importance of energy efficiency, flexible use of heat and good practice system design to delivering successful heat pump retrofit at both the building and energy system levels. The report assesses the particular challenges and opportunities for heat pump retrofit in London. It also outlines a plan of necessary actions for achieving heat pump retrofit at scale (this is primarily focussed on central government policy and activity but also contains recommendations for the GLA, London Boroughs and others).

Moving to heat pumps, which the graphic below shows to be a cost effective as well as good-for-the-environment move, is another way of improving London’s air quality, without slapping a £12.50 daily charge on older people and the low-paid, who can’t afford to change their not particularly polluting vehicles?

Click here to read the Carbon Trust article

Why does Sadiq Khan want to expand the ULEZ?

Sadiq Khan is basing his argument on the need to reduce emissions. But more emissions come from industry and from domestic and commercial gas usage than from motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses.

The campaign is being run by 3RD PARTY LTD. A registered third party with the Electoral Commission (PEF number 10354) and also registered with the ICO as a data controller. 

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Air Quality is improving. Expanding the ULEZ in 2021 will make little difference

Air Quality is improving. Expanding the ULEZ in 2021 will make little difference

A recent article by John Moss on the OnLondon blog, exposed the fallacy that expanding the ULEZ in 2021 would make a big difference to Air Quality.

We all want to breathe clean air. We all think pollution is bad. It is right that Sadiq Khan acts to improve air quality in London, as both of his predecessors have done. But there is no case for the expansion of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2021.

The current ULEZ, which covers the Central London congestion charge zone, was originally a Boris Johnson policy, announced in 2015, but Mayor Khan brought its implementation forward by 18 months, to April 2019. Before that, from October 2017, he imposed the preliminary Toxicity Charge (T-charge) affecting older petrol and diesel vehicles.

The problem now is that he wants to greatly enlarge the size of the Zone on the strength of evidence that does not justify the policy and despite the adverse financial impacts it will have on those whose vehicles do not comply with its emission requirements.

Read the full article here:

 

Why does Sadiq Khan want to expand the ULEZ in 2021?

Sadiq Khan is basing his argument on the need to reduce emissions. But more emissions come from industry and from domestic and commercial gas usage than from motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses.

help our campaign to stop the expansion of the ULEZ in 2021?

The campaign is being run by 3RD PARTY LTD. A registered third party with the Electoral Commission (PEF number 10354) and also registered with the ICO as a data controller. 

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A view from Enfield – Cllr James Hockney

A view from Enfield – Cllr James Hockney

The expansion of ULEZ is part of a concerted attack on motorists and driving

At the same time, Councils are pushing ahead with projects like re-building the Edmonton incinerator. This project alone will emit more than 10% of the likely emissions from all the non-exempt vehicles currently driving in London. And it will generate extra traffic on the A406 as it needs to bring waste in from a far wider area than the seven partner Boroughs which form the North London Waste Authority. It is by rethinking projects like the Edmonton incinerator and by focussing on reducing our reliance on gas for domestic and commercial heating and cooking where those gains will need to come from.

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Why does Sadiq Khan want to expand the ULEZ?

Sadiq Khan is basing his argument on the need to reduce emissions. But more emissions come from industry and from domestic and commercial gas usage than from motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses.

The campaign is being run by 3RD PARTY LTD. A registered third party with the Electoral Commission (PEF number 10354) and also registered with the ICO as a data controller. 

Company number 12313483
71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2H 9JQ.

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Innovation is the answer to air quality – not new taxes

Innovation is the answer to air quality – not new taxes

Every day, business and industry are pushing the boundaries to reduce energy use and adopt zero-emission solutions. 

It is through continuous investment in research and development of low-carbon and zero-emission solutions that we will find answers to poor air quality. 

A recent selection of articles have highlighted:

It really is an exciting time for development of new products in this field and the idea that a marginal tax on a few vehicles, mostly driven out of necessity by older and lower paid people is essential is, frankly, ludicrous.

That’s why we want to stop the planned expansion of the ULEZ in 2021.

Why does Sadiq Khan want to expand the ULEZ?

Sadiq Khan is basing his argument on the need to reduce emissions. But more emissions come from industry and from domestic and commercial gas usage than from motorcycles, cars, light vans and minibuses.

The campaign is being run by 3RD PARTY LTD. A registered third party with the Electoral Commission (PEF number 10354) and also registered with the ICO as a data controller. 

Company number 12313483
71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London, England, WC2H 9JQ.