London is one of the most populated cities in the world and its’ air pollution is affecting many people’s health and the climate itself. It has been estimated that almost 10,000 Londoners die prematurely each year due to the state of the air.
Sadiq Khan’s call to action:
Sadiq Khan wants to “be the Mayor who makes London one of the world’s greenest cities”. He personally knows the effect the air has on people, as he himself suffers from adult-onset asthma.
He wants to start by tackling one of the sources of the problem, vehicles. There has been a rise in the market for more eco-friendly vehicles, but there are still a lot of cars that emit large levels of carbon dioxide into the air. London vehicles actually produce almost 177 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. That’s 25% more than Britain’s greenest city- Peterborough.
Greenpeace, a non-governmental environmental organization is fully supporting this cause and has backed up the propositions made by Mayor Khan. They have supported the proposal that there should be an emission surcharge. This means that the most polluting vehicles that entering Central London with be charged an additional £10 on top of the congestion charge. This will discourage a lot of people whose cars don’t meet the emission standards from driving into this area.
They also support the Ultra Low Emission Zone, which is the area where the charge would be applied. They would like if this measure were put into place in 2019 instead of 2020 to get the movement started sooner. Greenpeace also backs the idea that this zone should extend beyond Central London and reach out to the North and South Circular Roads. Trucks and lorries not being excluded from this this act.
These are just a few of the many ways in which Mayor Sadiq Khan wants to clean the air of London. For more information on the other propositions visit the following website:
Pedals Delivery fully supports this movement towards cleaner air and less pollution. We have created a carbon calculator that will let our customers know how much CO2 they have prevented from entering the air. Our goal is to make London a more eco-friendly place and give companies the opportunity to use an affordable and green alternative delivery service. We are providing people a chance to make a difference and become more globally conscious in the process.