FOI request detail

Carbon footprint of different modes of people Transport in London

Request ID: FOI-0880-1819
Date published: 16 July 2018

You asked

Please can you gve me the carbon footprint of journeys of 1, 3, 5 and 10 miles by driving, cycling, walking, Bus, tube, DLR, London Overground, Tram, TFL rail, River, Taxi, mini cab, Dial-a-ride and Emirates Air Line? Will you include this information on your journey planner?

We answered

Our Ref:          FOI-0880-1819

Thank you for your request received on 2 July 2018 asking for information about the carbon footprint of people using our services.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm we hold some of the information you require.

Please find attached carbon footprint data of transport modes in London. We hold data on the carbon emissions of the majority of the services TfL directly operates, and reports on these per passenger km in our annual Health Safety and Environment report, which is available on our website:

We also have data on car and taxi CO2 emissions in London as part of the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory:

Please note that these values are average and indicative values only and provide a high level comparison between modes. The carbon emissions associated with individual road journeys will depend on a number of factors such as vehicle model, level of traffic, average speed, etc. Emissions related to rail services will also vary depending on the exact journey being made, and factors such as train loading. Because of this variability of emissions for specific journeys there are no plans to include carbon emissions data on the TfL Journey Planner.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]


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