Call for ultra low emission zone during Olympics
- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 09:28
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Calls have been made for London mayor Boris Johnson to introduce a Very Low Emission Zone during the London Olympics for fear of exceeding legal European pollution limits from excess traffic(April 18th)
A new report suggests that legal limits will be breached from increased road transport during the Olympics, which could incur fines of £300 million.
To combat this, Green party MP Darren Johnson urged Mr Johnson to restrict the number of vehicles entering London by only allowing the cleanest cars through.
"Going over the European legal limit for particulate pollution in 2012 would … land us immediately in court," he said.
A spokeswoman from Transport for London told BusinessGreen.com that Londoners will need to consider different ways of working and travelling during the Games, "including home and flexible working, travelling at different times or walking and cycling more".
A Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 report published this week shows that the Games is on track to cut carbon emissions by 50 per cent, but noted that just nine per cent of electricity will come from renewables rather than the planned 20 per cent.