Emissions restrictions on plant in London
Plant equipment that doesn’t meet strict emissions targets will soon no longer be allowed to operate in the capital.
By this time next year only construction plant that meets Stage IIIB emissions regulations will be allowed to work in central London or Canary Wharf. In Greater London, all plant will have to at least meet the Stage IIIA standards for NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions.
The new rules apply from 1 September 2015 to non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) of net power between 37kW and 560kW. These engine emissions standards are set out in the EU Directive 97/68/EC.
In practice, the new regulations will mean that equipment that is more than 10 years old will need to be replaced or retrofitted on all central London developments, and major developments in outer London (10 homes or more, or 1,000 sq. ft. in other developments), with occasional exemptions for specialist construction machinery.
The standards will tighten again across the whole of London in 2020 to Stage IV to complement the Mayor’s proposals for an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London.
Discussing the changes, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: “By replacing the oldest and most polluting bulldozers and machinery on building sites we can greatly reduce harmful emissions and boost our air quality. We’ve all walked past construction sites and seen thick clouds of dust generated from equipment that simply hasn’t been updated or replaced in decades. This new guidance will reduce NOx and is part of a series of strong measures including the Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2020 that will greatly reduce London’s air pollution from all emission sources.”