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The aims of emissions reduction in London is to reduce emissions and improving air quality in the city. The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) targets the most polluting vehicles and aims to achieve a number of objectives, including:
- Reducing emissions from road transport: Road transport is one of the main sources of emissions in London, accounting for approximately 28% of carbon emissions in the city. The ULEZ sets stricter emissions standards for vehicles entering certain areas of London, with the aim of reducing emissions from the most polluting vehicles.
- Improving air quality: Air pollution in London exceeds safe levels and is responsible for thousands of premature deaths each year. The ULEZ aims to improve air quality by reducing emissions from vehicles, particularly in outer London where the health impacts of air pollution are the greatest.
- Reducing traffic congestion: The ULEZ is expected to reduce car trips by 2%, which would help to reduce traffic congestion and improve overall mobility, accessibility, and livability of the city.
- Encouraging sustainable transportation options: The ULEZ aims to encourage more sustainable transportation options such as walking, cycling, and public transportation. These options are zero-emission or low-emission and can greatly reduce air pollution and improve public health.
- Contributing to London’s goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2030: The ULEZ is an important initiative that contributes to London’s goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030. By reducing emissions from road transport, the ULEZ helps to reduce the city’s overall carbon footprint.
In order to achieve these aims, the ULEZ sets stricter emissions standards for vehicles entering certain areas of London. Vehicles that do not meet these standards must pay an additional fee to enter the zone. This encourages drivers to switch to cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, or to use alternative modes of transportation.