London Invests Double in Improving Air Quality

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Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, has confirmed that the city will commit more money to tackle London's air quality crisis. The Mayor has announced that £875 million will be invested to improve air quality by 2022.

The Mayor recently stated that an ambitious and decisive action is needed to clean up the air in London, which currently has 9,400 deaths per year attributed to air quality related illnesses. Furthermore, London's air quality continues to breach legal levels.

A range of far-reaching programs, including launching the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019, then extending it to the North and South Circulars for all vehicles have been proposed to solve London's air quality problem. The full ULEZ package will see £610 million of overall investment.

Another approach proposed was to remove older polluting vehicles from central London. The Mayor also wants to "green" its own fleet by phasing out diesel-only buses and a purchasing hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018.


 

This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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