Funding to promote green transport in Hackney

LRSC Hackney ZEN

Plans to increase the uptake of less polluting modes of transport in Hackney, including cargo bikes and electric vehicles, have been boosted by nearly £200k of Government funding.

The funding, announced on 11 April, has been awarded to Hackney Council by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) – through its Air Quality Grant scheme.

The funding will be used to expand the borough’s Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) – a free initiative which helps businesses and residents save money, reduce emissions and improve local air quality.

A key component of the initiative is promoting the switch to low emission energy and travel options – with the new grant to help more business to purchase cargo bikes and electric vehicles.

The money will also allow the ZEN to support and help delivery riders to switch from mopeds to e-bikes.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, deputy mayor of Hackney and cabinet member for health, social care, transport and parks, said:

“We’re a leader in tackling London’s poor air quality and are committed to protecting residents from its harmful effects.

“The award-winning ZEN has been recognised by the Government for its work to improve air quality, and I’m really excited that we can now expand this to other parts of the borough.”

17 April 2019