City Hall yesterday implemented a Low Emission Zone for construction machinery in central London, requiring non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) with net power between 37kW and 560kW and over the age of 10 years to be replaced or retrofitted with emission reduction technologies.
The NRMM regulation also extends to sites building more than 10 homes or measuring more than 1,000 square feet across the entirety of the Greater London area.
Construction companies must meet the new standards within six months or they will be faced with time or financial penalties for their projects, the regulation’s guidance notes say.
Matthew Pencharz, deputy mayor for environment and energy, said the new standards were important to address poor air quality in London.
“Dust and fumes from construction sites are a nuisance to people who live close by but they also impact on London’s wider air quality,” he said. “That’s why it’s so important for these new emission standards to come in to address the problem, which together with our efforts on transport emissions will make a significant difference to the air Londoners breathe.”
The authority estimates up to 12 per cent of nitrogen oxide and 15 per cent of particulate pollution in the capital is emitted by construction and demolition activity, but argues the new regulations could see these levels plummet by nearly 50 per cent by 2020.
The new standards are designed to complement the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) for vehicles which will be introduced in central London in 2020, charging the most polluting diesel vehicles an additional £12.50 a day on top of the Congestion Charge.