May 2018, the Mayor of London launched a collaborative working taskforce to step up the drive for more rapid charging points.
Sadiq Khan wants to boost the infrastructure in London so that the uptake of electric vehicles will increase.
The aim is to redouble efforts to install more rapid charging points that will help improve London’s polluted air and improve air quality.
To become a zero-emission city, more people need to be encouraged to switch from diesel / petrol; to electric.
London has already improved with more electric busses & taxis on the road.
The capital requires major expansion in the charging infrastructure so that more people will use electric vehicles and this has to be delivered in partnership with private sector.
For the oldest polluting vehicles there will be a Toxicity Charge (T-CHARGE) and there will be the worlds first Ultra Low Emission Zone.
There will be at least 150 TFL funded rapid charge points in the city by the end of 2018.
Electric Vehicles are a key part of the energy transformation that is underway, as we transition to a low carbon economy.
The mission is to have all new cars & vans effectively zero emission by 2040 and there are grants already place to support this.
Urban population will double by 2050 and as cities grow, so will urban transportation; congestion will increase which will have a huge impact on other factors like environment and commuting time. Cities are full of cars, buses, trams, trains and pedestrians and therefore cities need to make transport mobility smarter, reliable, green and more efficient.
Mobility underpins everything we do as individuals, people need to move around to secure basic human needs. It is one of the most intractable challenges faced by government but the adoption of smart solutions can help to improve efficiency of the system and redistribute demand across routes and time. Technologies and services like smart parking, smart ticketing, real time journey planner, command and control centre, bike and car sharing enable smarter mobility and they benefit travellers, service producers and urban planners.
The growing demand for smart mobility solutions will address the congestion problem which currently costs the UK economy £15.3 billion per year in loss of production.
With over 53% of the world’s population now living in urban areas, mobility has become the number one issue for cities. Finding a solution to this challenge requires the combined expertise of transport, energy and ICT industries.
Britain is renowned as a world leader in each of these sectors and is well placed to become the global location of choice for the demonstration of Smart Mobility products, services and business models.
DEFRA on the 22nd May 2018 launched a new draft for the Clean Air Strategy.
The actual strategy will be published early next year.
The draft addresses how air quality can be tackled and improved. All areas from domestic solid goods like wood burning, emissions from agriculture and most importantly emissions from surface transport; need to be improved.
The new legislation will create a stronger and more coherent framework to tackle air pollution.
Key Pledges include:
- New clean air legislation will enable the Transport Secretary to compel manufacturers to recall vehicles and machinery for any failures in their emissions control system.
- It will also create a new statutory framework for Clean Air Zones (CAZ)
- The UK government will work in partnership with the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to develop a detailed National Air Pollution Control Programme.
- Defra will legislate to prohibit the sale of the most polluting fuels, by introducing a 2% sulphur limit for the sale of all solid domestic fuels and ensure that only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022.
- Legislation on ‘dark smoke’ from chimneys and underused provisions on Smoke Control Areas will be updated.
- Government will ‘increase transparency’ by bringing local and national monitoring data together into a single accessible portal.
- Defra will seek to ‘progressively’ cut public exposure to particulate matter pollution as suggested by the World Health Organisation.
- Government will provide a personal air quality messaging system to inform the public, particularly those who are vulnerable to air pollution, about the air quality forecast.
- The Department will also publish updated appraisal tools and accompanying guidance this summer to enable the health impacts of air pollution to be considered in every relevant policy decision that is made.
- Later this year Defra will provide guidance for local authorities explaining how cumulative impacts of nitrogen deposition on natural habitats should be mitigated and assessed.
- By the autumn, the rail industry will produce plans to phase out diesel-only trains by 2040.
- All major English ports should produce air quality strategies setting out their plans to reduce emissions.
- A national code of good agricultural practice will be produced.
The Department For Transport has also provided £470,000 of funding for innovative projects to be adopted to make more people walk or cycle. This funding is open to individuals, groups, organisations, local authorities and in particular, SME’s. For more people to walk or cycle, the infrastructure has to be in place and then behaviour change and the manufacturing of new innovative solutions and ideas can support this aim and hopefully get more people opting to a cleaner mode of transport.