Islington council is preparing new planning guidance on how buildings can reduce their carbon emissions. You can get involved by reading the scoping paper and completing a survey at the Let's Talk Islington webpage.
The average petrol car on the road in the UK produces the equivalent of 180g of carbon dioxide every kilometre, while a diesel car produces 173g – that’s the equivalent to boiling the kettle eleven times for a cup of tea. One of the most effective ways of addressing your transport carbon footprint is by thinking about how you move around the borough every day.
Getting around Islington on foot is easier than ever and a great way to stay healthy and reduce your carbon footprint.
Consider using the WalkingYou app to find and develop useful walking routes on the Footways map.
Islington Council has introduced a people-friendly streets initiative across almost one quarter of the borough, to create a space for everyone to enjoy their neighbours as they walk, wheel and cycle around. A map of Islington’s school streets, low traffic neighbourhoods shows the growing possibilities for safer, more enjoyable travel on foot and by bicycle.
There are many ways to get to and around Islington by public transport. With several Underground and Overground stations and good bus routes, it’s easy to get to work and meetings across London.
Visit the Transport for London website to plan your journey, find where to hire a Santander cycle, or find out which bus route will take you to your destination.
If you own or drive a vehicle, you may be aware that London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded in October 2021 to include all of Islington.
If you only use your car occasionally, you may find that a car club is a suitable option for you. A number of car club providers operate in the borough, offering a solution for occasional journeys which cannot be made by other means.
If you still need a car, consider how you could switch to an electric or low emission vehicle. The council plans to install a network of 400 charging points on the borough’s streets by 2022 and the whole of Islington is now covered by the Ultra Low Emissions Zone.
It is not only your journeys that have an impact – did you know that the average home delivery creates an estimated 181g carbon dioxide? That’s enough to fill three balloons with carbon dioxide. You can help by choosing greener delivery options where available, or choosing local suppliers.
Alternatively, you can pick up your parcels at your local click-and-collect facilities, meaning you will never miss a delivery and can reduce the carbon impact of your latest purchase.