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06 Jul 2011 08:07:12

London commuters 'greenest in the UK'

London commuters 'greenest in the UK'
Commuters in London are the greenest in the UK, according to new research conducted to assess how the environmental impact of the 2012 Olympic Games can be reduced.

Those travelling to work in Central London emitted 1.35 kg CO2 per person per day, the study by EDF and Imperial College London found.

The second lowest commuter CO2 emissions were found in the north-east, where 1.75kg was emitted per person per day.

Eastern regions, the East Midlands and the south-west were all languishing near the bottom of the table with emissions in the region of 2.5kg of CO2.

Professor Nigel Brandon, from Imperial College London, said: "Whilst not all UK cities have the public transport links which London benefits from, emulating the large number of those who are walking and cycling to work in the capital could help other cities achieve a lower carbon rush hour."

Overall, 32.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year were said to be created by the daily rush hour.

The London Olympic Games Organising Committee has drawn up a sustainability plan for the event, which includes taking steps to minimise CO2 emissions. ADNFCR-1235-ID-800612606-ADNFCR

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07 Jul 2011

Lets not forget that London is a much large and denser city that is capable of supporting walking and cycling but also a more accessible and comprehensive and regulated public transport system. This does not exist to the same degree elsewhere because settlements are more scattered, the bus industry is profit driven, and the job market works in ways that spread out travel to work areas, even for lower income groups.

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