A number of major world cities have committed to removing all fossil fuels from their streets by 2030.
The C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Declaration has been signed by mayors from cities including London, Auckland, Barcelona, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Quito, Seattle and Vancouver.
The declaration includes a commitment to purchase only zero-emission buses from 2025 and vastly increase the zero-emission areas of the cities by 2030.
The plan would see a reduction in air pollution and a social drive to improve quality of life for their citizens along with making a local impact on climate change.
It is claimed that over 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions from the C40 cities come from transport, so a reduction in traffic emissions is high on the list of priorities.
Mayor London, Sadiq Khan, has just introduced the T-Charge, which is set to reduce the emissions in the centre of London by lowering the number of high polluting vehicles on the streets.
This is the first step in Mr Khan’s plan to create a zero carbon city.
Mr Khan stated: “This is just the first step – we are introducing further world-leading restrictions on polluting vehicles over the next few years, as well as cleaning up our bus fleet and keeping our pledge not to buy a single new double-decker diesel bus.”
“We are also building brand new cycle lanes right across the city and focusing on reducing pollution around schools.”
“I want to make London one of the greenest cities in the world – that’s why I’m putting walking, cycling and zero-emission public transport right at the heart of Londoners’ day-to-day lives alongside energy efficient buildings, clean energy and increased recycling.”