Getting rid of your car and using public transport or joining a car club could significantly reduce your personal carbon emissions. However, not everyone will be able to do this, so if you still need a car, consider switching to an electric one. Islington Council plans to install a network of 600 charging points on the borough’s streets by 2024 to help encourage the change, and the whole of Islington is now covered by the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), meaning owners of polluting vehicles have to pay to drive in the borough.
There are some grants or funding schemes that you can apply for to help cover the cost of changing to a less polluting vehicle:
If you are considering changing your car to an electric vehicle, the Electric Vehicle chargepoint grant can provide grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle charging points at domestic properties.
The Mayor of London's scrappage scheme for cars and motorcycles is expanding the eligibility requirements. From 21 August 2023, the requirement to receive benefits will be lifted. Anyone living within a London borough with an eligible vehicle will be able to apply to the scheme.