06 Jul 2011 08:07:12
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