Innovation and leadership key to Westminster being a Greener City for All

Wed, 19/10/2016

Taking innovative action together with partners over the last year the City of Westminster has been addressing noise pollution, air quality issues, increasing recycling, making better use of green spaces and supporting a sustainable transport system.  

Today, at a panel discussion with politicians, business leaders, residents and industry experts at the Lancaster London Hotel, Westminster City Council outlined the various initiatives underway since the launch of its Greener City Action Plan last year.  

Westminster and its partners also highlighted how future environmental challenges in central London are to be tackled. This includes:

  • Creating a low emission neighbourhood in Marylebone to improve air quality
  • Delivering noise improvements  by working with businesses through their operational practices
  • Adopting a new Municipal Waste Strategy and working with the development industry to increase recycling and responsible waste management
  • Increasing the number of residents and businesses using the Car Club,
  • Increasing the number of hybrid vehicles in the fleet and installing more EV charging points for residents 
  • Finalising School Travel Plans
  • Encouraging business travel plans and more walking and cycling
  • Establishing a woodland area at Paddington Recreational Ground

Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “A greener city is a more successful city and Westminster is leading the way in working with local partners to improve our living environment.  The first year of the Greener City Action Plan has introduced new initiatives in our capital which will help create a more sustainable London for everyone to enjoy.

“In marking the first year of our action plan, we are highlighting how much we have been able to achieve in partnership with businesses, residents and landowners but also show how much there is still to do. We are committed to meeting the ambitious goals we have set and engaging with the local community and decision makers to ensure residents and visitors to Westminster benefit from a clean, green and healthy environment.”

Efforts continue this week with council staff, local business employees and residents taking to the streets to help prevent unnecessary air pollution with a No Idling Action" day on Friday 21 October. The volunteers will visit engine idling hot spots in Westminster, speaking to drivers and passers-by about the adverse impact on the environment (noise and air pollution) caused by unnecessary engine running. 


Last updated: 19 October 2016
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