London intends to run its London Underground on 100% renewable energy. This move is in line with the city’s popular rail system zero-emissions strategy by 2030, to catapult the whole town to be emission-free come 2050. London’s biggest power consumer is Transport for London (TfL), which averages about 1.6TWh of power annually. Of this quantity, the Tube, which hosts the buses, trams, and over ground trains, uses approximately 1.2TWh of electricity annually.
Research by British Business Energy projects that 200 wind turbines or an equivalent of 5.5 million solar panels would be required to operate the system on renewable energy annually fully. This quantity would fill up the space occupied by the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Currently, the Tube uses 16% of electricity generated from renewables to operate. London has thought through the wind turbines plan and decided that since it can’t afford to create such a considerable space for wind turbines or solar panels, it will procure the power from renewable energy distributors. This move will save the city a vast stretch on its resources to install the turbines.
The mayor for London, Sadiq Khan, stated that since TfL will be one of the prime consumers of energy in London, they must spearhead the transition to clean energy. He reiterates that this move will help catalyze the inevitable shift of this city to an emission-free zone by 2030.
The London lawmakers are ready to finalize the spread of renewable energy use from the City Hall to the whole city. This move would help to meet the energy demand for the TfL system for both the police and the fire services. The resolution by the London Mayor is advocated for by the environmental activists like Greenpeace and the Renewable Energy Association.
Khan says that the expansion of the renewable energy system will ensure that transportation via rail network is swift while remaining cost-efficient. He hopes that the spread can go all through to the Greater London Authority to hasten the achievement of the goals that London has concerning global warming and climate change.
Many of the UK businesses are adopting the work from home formula after the institution of shelter-in-place measures implicated by the coronavirus pandemic. Commuter services are feeling the impact of the epidemic, with some of the positives being clean air for the citizens.
Finally, if the rate of commuting remains the same throughout the year, 460000 kWh of power will be saved or even used domestically in 46000 homes in a year.