Westminster has declared a climate emergency – our commitment to becoming a carbon neutral council by 2030 and carbon neutral city by 2040.
If everyone works together, we can make big changes.
Read about the work and projects that are already underway to reduce emissions across the city.
Cross River Partnership is working with organisations across London to lower pollution levels and achieve cleaner air in the city through its Clean Air Villages projects. Initiatives include setting up directories to help businesses find zero-emissions suppliers and trialling shared electric vehicles.
Clean Air Villages 3 (CAV3) will improve the air quality in 16 different locations including Soho, Fitzrovia and Embankment, where air pollution is high. The project estimates reducing emissions by 24 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to charging 3 million smart phones.
The council is developing 780 high-quality, sustainable homes at the Ebury Bridge estate in Pimlico. The ambitious low carbon scheme will use 90 per cent less carbon than the existing estate, and ‘grey water recycling’ will be used to supply water for everyday household functions. The development will also be almost entirely car-free (with disabled car parking only and 2,000 cycle spaces), in order to encourage walking and cycling, while reducing air and noise pollution in the area. It will also see the planting of 270 new trees, flowerbeds and plants, to help increase biodiversity throughout the area.
Download a fact sheet about the Ebury Bridge development
Healthy Streets Everyday is a project run by Cross River Partnership which aims to improve local air quality, increase cycling and walking rates, and provide more open and green space on our streets for people.
As part of Westminster’s ActiveStreets programme and the council’s COVID-19 response, we will be installing 10 temporary school streets across the borough to ensure children, staff and parents can travel to school safely.
We are also working with The Northbank to design and install a parklet on Drury Lane. Parklets are temporary pavement extensions which sit in seating areas, parking bays or cycling bays, offering simple solutions to improve local air quality.
The Marylebone LEN (Low Emission Neighbourhood) was an important project for Westminster, piloting the diesel surcharge and showcasing School Streets, which have since been rolled out across the city. The project provided a variety of public realm enhancements including 35 new charging points for electric vehicles, an improved cycle lane, new cycle storage and trees. It also raised awareness of vehicle idling to improve air quality. Funded by the council and Transport for London, it has helped to reduce the dominance of vehicle traffic and improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists.
The council commissioned the installation of 124 solar power systems across 65 sites in Westminster in 2011, to harbour sustainable energy for homes across the city.
The systems supply electricity to the communal areas such as corridors and lifts of several Westminster-owned housing sites such as the Amberley Estate and Holcroft Court, allowing our residents to benefit from sustainable energy in their homes.
They also send energy to the national grid, to help support the use of sustainable energy across the country.
In 2020, the solar power systems saved 91 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to driving a car around the world 13 times.