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London ranked second of 35 leading cities in push to decarbonise transport

Thu 27 April 2017 | Back to news list

London has been ranked in second-place in a new analysis comparing leading world cities' attempts to decarbonise the transport sector. The new report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggests that London is a "likely candidate" to become the first zero-emissions city in the world.
European cities occupy eight of the top 10 spots in the ranking of 35 cities' performance on low carbon mobility. Oslo leads the list as "the city closest to achieving the status of a city operating a zero-emissions transport system", followed by London and Amsterdam.
The report says: “One trait these top three cities share is that they are in relatively wealthy parts of the world that are also in advanced stages of economic development. This somewhat helps their overall scores as, for example, a higher share of residents can afford to regularly upgrade their cars, which may make them more likely to drive a low emission car or EV.”
Along with Seoul and Tokyo, the economic wealth of European cities has facilitated the shift towards zero-emission transport. However, the report says, Oslo, London and Amsterdam are ranked highly due to financial incentive offers, access to EV charging points and the construction of low-emission zones.
London is commended for the acceleration of its Ultra-low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and for its rapid rollout of hybrid and zero-emission buses
The report, which was sponsored by telecommunications equipment company Qualcomm, ranked cities on 20 factors such as air pollution, carbon emissions, congestion, and public investment into low-emission transport.
Note: This year's LowCVP Conference takes place on 27 June at City Hall, supported by the Mayor of London. The event will provide opportunities to find out how the GLA and other city authorities are working to decarbonise the road transport sector and improve air quality: More details here.

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