The Greater London Authority (GLA) has made a commitment to reduce London's carbon dioxide emissions by 60 percent by 2025. Sounds like an honorable goal, right? But at what cost? How about the banning of all cars from both outer London and inner London? That sounds pretty radical, but according to a study by a team of experts from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Transport Studies Unit of the Oxford University Centre for the Environment, that is what may be required. In fact, it would exceed the goal, reducing London's emissions by 72 percent by 2030. Using the current action plans, London is on track to reduce their land transportation emissions by somewhere between 10 percent and 23 percent, well short of their goals.
Much of the reason that London's emissions are too high to begin with is that very few people walk, ride their bicycle or take public transportation. In fact, more than 70 percent of all trips via the automobile are shorter than 8 kilometers. Of course, Brits are not shy about sharing their dislike of walking. But, as another post will show, the health benefits would be astounding!
Sure, the likelihood of a ban on all cars in London seems pretty small. More likely, the goals will simply not be met. But, perhaps just the threat alone of an all-out ban on all cars in London would be enough to kick-start people into making changes in their daily routines.
[Source: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via Scientific Blogging]