The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that all new Transport for London (TfL) buses will be zero-emission.
The commitment to deliver a 100% zero-emission bus fleet in London has also been brought forward three years from 2037 to 2034.
The Mayor said TfL has committed to only purchase new zero-emission buses to deliver a zero-emission bus network earlier in 2034.
Ten per cent of London’s bus network will be zero-emission by the end of 2022, the Mayor said, and the Government is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 68% by 2030.
Khan said: “In the year of COP26 and after setting out my ambition for London to be net zero by 2030, I’m committed to do all I can to help clean up the transport network and reduce its emissions.
“The announcement builds on the progress we’ve already made tackling toxic air pollution.
"I’ve worked hard to ensure TfL’s entire bus fleet across now meets the ULEZ standards, this includes 550 zero-emission buses. We need to act now and accelerate the transition to a greener future, with cleaner air for all.”
Making buses zero-emission will save four million tonnes of carbon by 2037 and moving the date forward to 2030 will save an additional one million tonnes, the Mayor said.
The move follows from TfL making its bus fleet compliant with Euro VI emission standards – the same standards as the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ).
TfL currently has 950 zero-emission buses on the road or on order, the Mayor said.
Louise Cheeseman, director of buses at TfL, said: “The world has woken up to the desperate need to make big changes to tackle the climate emergency, and the single biggest thing we can do is to move to a zero-emission bus network as soon as possible.
“We’ve done everything possible to make the bus network clean and now we are focussed on making it green, which is why it’s so important that we’re able to commit that all new buses in London will be zero-emission.
“We’re now working to have a completely zero-emission bus network as soon as possible, and with Government support we could do this by 2030 while also stimulating the bus market.”
The Mayor said that making London’s large bus fleet zero-emission will give British bus manufacturers confidence in large orders enabling them to ramp up production.
Norman Baker, from Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Buses are already one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to travel and this announcement will make them even greener, further reducing carbon emissions and air pollution.
“But there needs to be more support from central Government in the form of additional funding, building local authorities’ capabilities, speeding up the roll out of charging infrastructure and encouraging more people to choose the bus.”