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London Mayor calls for Green New Deal for the UK

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the UK Government to implement a US-style Green New Deal - a move he claims will help move climate-related policy discussions past talk and towards action.

The UK's EV stock is currently expanding at a far faster rate than its charing infrastructure 

'Flagship' EV charging hubs to spark 'electric revolution' in London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has revealed plans to build five "flagship" rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs in the capital as part of a new delivery plan for EV charging infrastructure.

This weekly round-up explores how businesses across the world are ramping up efforts across all areas of sustainable development

London's low-emission buses and Ralph Lauren's recycled plastic shirts: The sustainability success stories of the week

As part of our Mission Possible campaign, edie brings you this weekly round-up of five of the best sustainability success stories of the week from across the globe.

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Extinction Rebellion: Role of business in society is being defined by climate change

As thousands of climate protestors continue to blockade key London landmarks as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests, businesses have been warned that action or inaction to combat climate change will define their role in future societies.

The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge and operates alongside the Congestion Charge

Everything you need to know about London's ULEZ

The world's first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has been introduced across central London today (8 April), in a bid to reduce air pollution levels and carbon emissions from transport across the capital. Here, edie rounds up what, precisely, the Zone entails, and the impact it will have on business.

Since May 2016, 10 air pollution alerts have been issued in London

London pollution alert issued as regional air quality deemed 'unsafe'

Following several days of high local transport emissions coupled with light winds bringing particulate pollution to the UK from mainland Europe, a high air pollution alert has been issued for London.

Charities and businesses that access the fund can receive a £6,000 payment to assist with the running costs for a new electric vehicle

London Mayor launches £23m van scrappage fund

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has opened a £23m scrappage fund to help charities and small businesses switch older, polluting vans for cleaner vehicles.

The #LoveCleanAir message is being used for the National Clean Air Summit taking place in London today

Clean Air Summit: London Mayor doubles scrappage fund for polluting vehicles

London Mayor Sadiq Khan will today (14 February) announce a new £25m fund that will double the cash available to help business owners and London residents to scrap older, polluting vehicles, one the same day that city leaders call on Government to establish a £1.5bn clean vehicle upgrade programme.

According to Uber, more than half the miles on UberX journeys – which seat up to four passengers - in London are already in hybrids or EVs. Image: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Uber set to launch 15p eco-charge for London journeys

Ride-hailing firm Uber is launching its 15p per-mile "eco-charge" for all journeys taken within London, in the same week that Sadiq Khan has unveiled the world's largest air quality network in the capital.

Sadiq Khan has urged London’s drivers and business owners who drive in the Congestion Zone to check whether their vehicles comply with the new ULEZ rules ahead of its launch in April

Report: London Mayor's air quality measures set to benefit poorest the most

Sadiq Khan's measures to tackle London's air quality crisis will "substantially" improve the health of people living in the capital's most deprived areas, new research has found.

The launch of the scrappage scheme comes at a time when vehicles are estimated to account for almost half of London’s nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions

London Mayor unveils van scrappage scheme for small businesses

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today (18 December) unveiled plans for a new £23m van scrappage scheme, aimed at helping small business owners switch from old diesel vehicles to low-carbon alternatives.

A recent study found that 75% of flounders in the River Thames had ingested plastic

London Mayor urged to eliminate single-use plastic packaging from capital

Members of the Environment Committee have urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to sign the capital up to WRAP's UK Plastics Pact, amid growing public concerns around plastic pollution.

The businesses will have to disclose emissions for their London portfolios six months before their competitors

Big-name businesses pledge to help make London world's 'greenest city'

A group of 11 businesses including Tesco, Siemens, Landsec and Sky have pledged to source 100% renewable power for their London facilities by 2020 in support of London Mayor Sadiq Khan's recently announced plans to make the capital the "greenest" city in the world by 2050.

The fountains form part of Khan’s draft London plan, which includes a commitment to make clean drinking water widely available

London Mayor unveils 20 new water fountains in bid to reduce single-use plastic

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has confirmed that 20 new water fountains will be installed across the capital as part of a scheme to slash the amount of single-use plastic bottles that are purchased.

Cuts to the FiT scheme back in 2015 created a 75% fall in installations

Sadiq Khan calls for rethink on solar subsidies closure

London mayor Sadiq Khan was written to the Government expressing his concerns that a decision to let financial solar incentives expire next year could create a "cliff edge" for the wider solar market.

The first phase of the Solar Together scheme provided an average saving of 35% on the cost of solar installations. Photo: Tom Chance

London Mayor extends group-buying solar scheme

Sadiq Khan has expanded a scheme for London residents and businesses to buy high-quality solar panels after a first phase saw nearly 4,000 registrations.

Khan's ambition is for all London buses to be zero-emission by 2037

London Mayor to create Europe's largest electric bus fleet

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ordered 68 fully-electric double-decker buses in a bid to create the largest fleet of its kind in Europe.

Ministers last summer followed France by pledging to halt new petrol and diesel car sales by 2040

'Bold action’ required: UK mayors unite in calls for 2030 diesel and petrol phase-out

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with the mayors of Manchester, Liverpool and the West Midlands to urge ministers to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade.

The new Zipcar e-Golfs will be available as part of the firm’s pay-per-minute Flex service, which allows members to “drive and drop” cars for one-way trips within London

London launches EV taskforce as vehicle demand swells

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a taskforce aimed at boosting electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in the city, just days after car sharing firm Zipcar introduced more than 300 Volkswagen e-Golfs to its platform to create the UK's largest pool of publicly available shared EVs.

A new carbon goal is compliant with the Paris Agreement’s pledge to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5C, according to the strategy

Mayor Sadiq Khan unveils goals to make London world's 'greenest city'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to make the capital the "greenest" city in the world by 2050, with a series of targets put in place to improve air quality, boost renewables investments and halve food waste.

The scheme could be rolled out across the capital over the summer should it prove a success

London to pilot water bottle refill scheme to slash plastic waste

Major firms including Costa Coffee, Leon and Whole Foods will offer tap water refills across London stores as part of a pilot scheme to slash single-use plastic bottles in the capital.

City Hall will help public and private bodies to build large-scale heat networks, using local sources like waste heat from the Tube, though a £3.5m decentralised energy enabling project

London Mayor's £34m low-carbon programme targets energy-efficient workplaces

Sadiq Khan has pledged new funding for fuel-poor homes alongside a £10bn commercial boiler scrappage scheme in a suite of new measures aimed at delivering cleaner, affordable energy across the capital.

The Government is now awaiting the verdict in a third high court air quality case brought by environmental lawyers ClientEarth, after a hearing earlier in January

London reaches legal air pollution limit just one month into the new year

Air pollution in London has reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year, prompting calls for the Government to "get a grip and show they're serious about protecting health".

City Hall hopes that its air quality measures will reduce NOx road transport emissions by around 45% in central London by 2020

Figures indicate London's air quality woes are easing

For the first time since modern records began, London has entered the third week of January without breaching legal limits for toxic NO2 air pollution.

The vans have been fitted with hardware to remotely monitor environmental emissions performance, driving range and the amount of electricity consumed

Electric van trials helped deliver Christmas presents to Londoners

Electric vans helped deliver an average of 80,000 parcels a week across London during the Christmas period, as the city's Mayor Sadiq Khan continues to combat rising air pollution in the capital.

New opportunities for climate leadership in 2018

Cities and companies have raised the bar in tackling climate change this year - there are new opportunities for leadership in 2018.

London will share results from the sensors trial, which could then be rolled out in Bengaluru, Delhi and other cities

London and Bengaluru lead global air quality initiative

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today (5 December) announced that the English capital will team with the Indian city of Bengaluru to spearhead a partnership to take air pollution in cities across the globe.

With the average Londoner drinking 2.3 cups of coffee a day, more than 200,000 tonnes of waste is produced that would otherwise end up in landfill

London buses to be powered by waste coffee grounds

London buses will soon transport people around the capital using a fuel partly derived from waste coffee grounds, after Royal Dutch Shell and Bio-bean agreed a deal with Transport for London (TfL).

It is hoped that the ULEZ will mean that 100,000 people living across London will no longer live in areas exceeding NO2 limits

London ULEZ to start in April 2019, Mayor confirms

The world's first Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced across central London in April 2019, Sadiq Khan confirmed today (3 November).

TfL monitoring data has found that there have been around 15% less older polluting vehicles on the road since the T-Charge was first announced in February

T-Charge: World's 'toughest' emission standard launched in London

The world's "toughest" emission standard has entered into force today (October 23), with older polluting cars now required to pay £10 to drive through the centre of London.

Machinery used on construction sites such as diggers and bulldozers constitute the second largest source of ultra-fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in London

Sadiq Khan calls for greater powers to tackle construction pollution

Sadiq Khan has written to Defra Secretary Michael Gove to ask the Government for greater powers to tackle construction pollution, as industry experts call for urgent action to improve the state of sustainability in the UK built environment.

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London's new Environment Strategy: Five key questions answered

As London Mayor Sadiq Khan puts forward a long-term vision to make the capital one of the greenest cities in the world, edie speaks with Khan's Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues to discuss how City Hall aims to put its ambitious plans into practice.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan launched his draft London Environment Strategy at Woodberry Wetlands in Hackney this morning. Photo: Sadiq Khan/facebook

Green groups praise Sadiq Khan's pledge to make London world's first National Park City

The Renewable Energy Association (REA), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) are among a host of organisations that have welcomed a new strategy from London Mayor Sadiq Khan which seeks to make the capital "greener, cleaner and ready for the future".

TfL claims that the London fund will support innovative new approaches, such as using lampposts as charging stations

London boroughs to add 1,500 electric vehicle charging points

The Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London (TfL) have allocated £4.5m to 25 London boroughs to roll-out 1,500 new charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) across the capital.

From January 2018, no more new diesel taxis will be licensed in London

Van and taxi drivers offered pathway to electric vehicle transition

Drivers of old and polluting vans and taxis have been offered fast-track options and incentives to purchase electric vehicles (EVs), with revamps to licensing and a new £42m taxi fund set to increase compliance with the diesel vehicle phase-out.

The cups from both challenges have been recycled into bird feeders, plant pot holders and chalk boards by product designers Ashortwalk

Hubbub's coffee cup recycling success garners interest from abroad

Community campaigns in Manchester and London to promote the recyclability of high-street paper coffee cups have collected more than 1.2m cups, with the findings set to pass on to Germany and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaking at the launch of a consultation into air quality last year. Photo: Sadiq Khan/Facebook

Sadiq Khan: Gove must get a grip on 'life and death' air pollution crisis

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has requested an urgent meeting with the new environment secretary, Michael Gove, to urge him to get a grip on Britain's "life and death" air pollution crisis.

London: the world’s first click and collect city?

Across London, there is evidence of how we are re-engineering the city to be able to encourage future growth and ensure we remain a leader on the world stage. There is an opportunity within the 2017 Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS) to make London the world's first click and collect city.

Around 60% of bottles are currently recycled in the UK, but DRS could increase recycling rates to 98%. Image: Thames21

Sadiq Khan urged to explore plastic bottle return scheme

The London Assembly Environment Committee (LAEC) has called on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to fulfil his promise of becoming the 'greenest Mayor London has ever had' by exploring the viability of a return scheme for plastic bottles, with a view to a city-wide trial.

Ministers need to produce a draft plan by 24 April after a successful legal challenge from environmental law firm ClientEarth

Friends of the Earth launches air quality proposals ahead of impending Government plan

The Government has today (11 April) been called upon to commit to clean air quality measures by climate change campaign group Friends of the Earth (FoE), as a new survey shows that almost half of UK citizens support restriction on polluting vehicles.

The central London ULEZ is expected to result in nearly a 50% reduction in road transport NOx emissions in 2020

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone to arrive in 2019

Sadiq Khan has today (4 April) announced that London will have the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 - a year ahead of schedule.

Sadiq Khan launches real-world air quality vehicle tracker

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has teamed up with his French counterpart Anne Hidalgo to unveil a new initiative which measures the on-road emissions from vehicles.

London Ambulance, London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police are all concerned over the costs and logistics of bringing forward the ULEZ timeframe

Emergency services struggling with ULEZ compliance

London's police, fire brigade and ambulance services will fail to meet earlier deadlines to comply with proposed Ultra Low Emissions Zones (ULEZ), as financial pressures hinder the uptake of low-emission vehicles in fleets.

When combining the T-Charge with the Congestion charges, motorists could be faced with costs of around £21.50 daily

London to enforce world’s 'toughest' vehicle emissions charge in October, says Sadiq Khan

The "toughest" emission standard of any world city will enter into force in London from October 23, after London Mayor Sadiq Khan today (17 February) confirmed a £10 T-Charge to help curb air pollution in the capital.

Over the last 15 years, a variety of policy and tax enablers have seen diesel car sales in Britain increase from 14% to 36%

Sadiq Khan calls on Government to incentivise diesel scrappage scheme

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has called on the UK Government to incentivise a diesel scrappage scheme for the public, by offering up to £3,500 to businesses and low-income families to support the uptake of low-emission vehicles.

The 20 (PHEV) Transit Custom vans can be charged with mains electricity for zero-emission travel and features on-board combustion engines for longer trips

Ford's plug-in van trials receive £4.7m boost from UK Government

Motor giant Ford has unveiled a new 12-month project aimed at enhancing air quality in London through the use of 20 plug-in hybrid Transit Custom vans, which has been backed by a £4.7m grant from the Government.

If approved at a Transport for London board meeting next week, most of the money will be spent on transforming London's 9,300-strong bus fleet

Sadiq Khan doubles investment in clean air policies

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has stepped up his commitment to tackling the capital's deadly air pollution levels by doubling the investment in air quality improvements over the next five years.

The bus will be trialled on London’s roads next year, as part of the Mayor’s plan to have London buses meet the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standard during 2020

Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert

Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.

VW claimed that thousands of vehicles qualified for London's Congestion Charge discount because they apparently emitted less than 100g of CO2 per km and met the 'Euro 5' emissions standards

Sadiq Khan: VW must fully compensate Londoners for dieselgate

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the Volkswagen Group (VW) to improve its "utter lack of action" and fully compensate Londoners that remain affected by last year's 'dieselgate' emissions scandal, on the same day that the UK Government has been ordered to produce a new UK air quality plan by July 2017.

The paper proposes a charge on all non-zero emissions cars in inner London by 2025, with action on other vehicles such as buses and vans

Greenpeace calls for London diesel scrappage scheme

On the same day that environmental law firm ClientEarth won an historic air quality court battle with the Government, a new report supported by Greenpeace has called for urgent action to phase out diesel vehicles from London's roads to ensure air pollution is brought down to safe levels.

Listen to exclusive interviews with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton in this latest episode of Sustainable Business Covered

The Sustainable Business Covered podcast: Episode 13 - Britain's great green policy progressives

London Mayor Sadiq Khan and ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton are the special guests on this week's podcast episode which investigates London's ongoing air quality crisis, the Government's green policy priorities, and the role of business in delivering a low-carbon economy.


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