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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.

The tracker, available online from the Autumn, will provide a free ‘health check’ service to London fleet operators to understand where improvements could be made across their fleet

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.

The Mayor today joined pupils at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School in Southwark, a traffic hot spot that would be included in the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone expansion

Sadiq Khan: I want business on-board to ignite London's green revolution

EXCLUSIVE: Businesses are front and centre of Sadiq Khan's ambitious plans to create "the greenest city in the world", the London Mayor told edie today (10 October) as he unveiled detailed proposals to improve the capital's air quality.

As well as bringing her expertise on how the UK can decarbonise its transport industries through the use of renewables, Skorupska will also bring a forward-thinking attitude

REA chief executive joins new-look Transport for London board

The chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) Dr Nina Skorupska hopes to bring her expertise on renewable energy to a smaller and more diverse Transport for London (TfL), after being named on the Board of Governors.

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) fish boxes are widely used by the seafood industry for transporting produce to restaurants

Polystyrene packaging debate hots up as industry rejects chefs' claims

A recent call from a group of top chefs for policymakers to ban the use of polystyrene packaging in London has been condemned by the Food Packaging Association (FPA) and other waste management experts.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is among the mayors that have recognised the important role of global cities in driving a global low-carbon transition

Sadiq Khan joins megacity mayors in call for G20 climate action

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has joined forces with other mayors of major cities within the G20 to call upon national leaders to take urgent action on climate change, as reports suggest that the US and China are set to showcase their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

The companies aims to explore the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles in the run up to the capital’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) introduction

Uber and Nissan launch three-month electric vehicle trial in London

Automotive giant Nissan has announced a new partnership with car hailing service Uber on a new electric vehicle (EV) project to help tackle air pollution in London, on the same day that London Mayor Sadiq Khan was urged to impose mandatory carbon reduction plans on London's transport fleets.

Polystyrene is ingested by fish, which makes the issue a particular concern to chef Ed Baines, who runs a seafood restaurant in Soho

Army of chefs wage war on polystyrene waste in London

Britain's 'war on waste' has seemingly taken a turn from paper to polystyrene cups as a selection of top chefs - including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - have sent a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling for a city-wide ban on non-biodegradable polystyrene packaging.

Nissan's research coincides with the launch of numerous alerts across London that notify residents during the worst doses of air pollution

Nissan data reveals spike in public awareness over air pollution

Electric vehicle (EV) producer Nissan has revealed that UK internet searches relating to air pollution have increased by 750% in the last ten years, in the same week that that the Mayor of London's air quality alerts were introduced at transport hotspots across the capital.

A bus travels along Putney High Street, which will introduce a low-emission bus zone in February 2017. Photo: Google Maps

London to roll out low-emission bus zones along most polluted routes

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to roll out the first batch of low-emission bus zones along the capital's most polluted transport routes.

A CGI of the City Airport expansion plans, which includes an extended terminal, a new aircraft taxiway and upgraded public transport links, creating more than 2,000 jobs

Sadiq Khan's pollution pledges called into question with City Airport expansion approval

The approval of planning permission for a £344m expansion of London City Airport has been described by green groups as a "terrible" and "reckless" decision for the capital, with Mayor Sadiq Khan accused of backtracking on his pollution policies.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged to help some of London’s most polluted boroughs implement stringent proposals to tackle toxic air quality hotspots with an £11m fund

Sadiq Khan: Government shouldn't treat air quality measures as 'green crap'

Sadiq Khan has urged the new Government not to "water down" commitments to air quality proposals post-Brexit, in the same week that the London Mayor created an £11m fund to set up five Low Emission Neighbourhoods across the capital.

Air pollution is an increasing concern, as recent research has shown the problem is growing and at least 40,000 people across the UK are dying prematurely because of it

London: fatal lung conditions 'more likely' in deprived boroughs

People living in some of London's most deprived areas have up to twice as much chance of dying from life-threatening lung conditions - from cancer to asthma - as those in the richest areas, new research has shown.

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan plans to work more closely with central Government to tackle air pollution on a national and international level

Sadiq Khan strives to exceed "hopelessly inactive" Boris Johnson with fresh air quality proposals

In the first week of his tenure as the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has stayed true to his word to build a cleaner, greener city, having unveiled a raft of new green proposals - including a plan to develop the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) earlier than planned in an effort to improve air quality.

New London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to make air quality in the capital his top green priority

Sadiq Khan prepares to take on Defra with legal action over UK air quality

In his first week as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan has praised environmental law firm ClientEarth for its ongoing legal battle on air pollution, with City Hall confirming that Khan will be directly involved in renewed action against the Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

New Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes the capital has the potential to be

London set for 'clean energy revolution' as Sadiq Khan wins mayoral election

Labour's London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan - the contender proposing to become the "greenest Mayor ever" - is poised to be swept into City Hall after defeating the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith by a clear majority.


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