London's 'Low Emission Zone' for non-road mobile machinery
Air pollution is one of the most significant challenges facing London. We are in breach of European legal limits for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and many areas exceed safe limits for Particulate Matter (PM) as set by the World Health Organisation. Bold new measures have been proposed by the Mayor to tackle emissions from road transport, particularly diesel vehicles, including an expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone. However, this is only half the problem – current estimates of emissions from NRMM used on construction sites are shown to be responsible for 7% of NOx emissions, 14% for PM2.5 and 8% of PM10 emissions across the Capital and this is why the Mayor is determined to take action.
Important upcoming changes to the NRMM requirements for engines of 37kW-560kW on sites in London:
• 1st January 2020: All constant-speed engines, such as those typically found in generators, are required to be at Emissions Stage V throughout London.
• 1st September 2020: Engines [variable] operating in the CAZ/CW Zones, plus those within the GLA defined Opportunity Areas, are required to meet Emissions Stage IV as a minimum.
• 1st September 2020: Engines [variable] operating in Greater London, but outside the CAZ/CW Zones or the Opportunity Areas, are required to meet Emissions Stage IIIB as a minimum.
• 1st January 2025: Engines [variable] are required to be at Emissions Stage IV as a minimum throughout London
• 2030: Engines are required to be at Emissions Stage V as a minimum throughout London
• 2040: Zero emissions from construction machinery throughout London