TfL will continue to drive forward programmes that will result in CO2 reductions and increased fuel efficiency
TfL today launched the UK's biggest hydrogen fuel cell housed in a building.
Based at the Palestra building in Southwark, it will generate cleaner, low-carbon energy on site, saving thousands off energy bills.
TfL also jointly announced with the LDA that all their head office buildings will participate in the 10:10 campaign, with the aim to reduce carbon emissions by 10 per cent providing an estimated £400,000 in cash savings.
TfL has installed a £2.4m Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, including the hydrogen fuel cell, at the Palestra building to generate energy locally, cut carbon emissions and save money off energy bills.
The building is shared by 2,800 TfL and LDA staff.
It is estimated that the fuel cell and power plant will cut carbon emissions by up to 40 per cent and generate £90,000 cost savings per annum.
To communicate the benefits of hydrogen and the fuel cell to people passing and visiting the building, a permanent multi-media exhibition display has been created - this will be fuelled by the energy generated on site.
The state of the art hydrogen fuel cell, funded by the £25m TfL Climate Change fund, will provide electricity, heat and cooling to the building.
In addition, the building's hot water supply will be heated by the fuel cell.
At times of peak energy use, the building will generate a quarter of its own power, rising to 100 per cent off-peak.
The waste heat from power generation will be pumped into a unit on the roof which will work to keep the building cool and supplements the building's six electric chillers.
Officially opening the fuel cell and the public exhibition, Kit Malthouse, Chair of the London Hydrogen Partnership and Deputy Mayor of London for policing, said: 'Zero polluting hydrogen fuel has the potential to radically transform the way we power our city to create a more pleasant environment.
'This isn't a fuel of the future, but available right now. To catalyse its use more widely, we are showcasing the technology, so others will be inspired to follow our lead.'
TfL and the LDA has also joined City Hall in signing up to the 10:10 campaign, making the pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 10 per cent.
TfL's and the LDA's commitment will apply from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2011.
An estimated £400,000 will be sliced from head office energy bills in the next financial year as a result of these energy efficiencies which will be reinvested to fund more energy saving projects.
The ten per cent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Palestra and other TfL head office buildings will expected to be delivered through a range of initiatives, which will include:
The launch of the fuel cell and the 10:10 commitment are just two of a raft of measures that TfL and the LDA has undertaken in order to cut carbon emissions and improve their organisation's impact on the environment.
Improvements in building energy efficiency over the past four years have saved nearly £2m to date.
Andrew Stanton, TfL's Head of Sustainable Buildings, said: 'Installing the UK's biggest in-house hydrogen fuel cell and signing up to the 10:10 commitment reinforces TfL's commitment to cutting carbon and improving our energy efficiency.
'TfL will continue to drive forward programmes that will result in CO2 reductions and increased fuel efficiency.'
TfL is committed to become more energy-efficient, cutting carbon and pollution across its operations.
Key measures include the introduction of 56 hybrid buses, with all new buses entering the fleet being hybrid by 2012, and the use of regenerative braking on the Tube which can reduce energy consumption by up to 25 per cent.
TfL is also investing millions into programmes and technologies that will deliver a cleaner, greener Capital such as a public cycle hire scheme launched later this year, encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles, promoting the benefits of walking and designing a new green bus for the Capital.
Improvements to London's public transport services have helped deliver a six per cent shift away from the private car since 2000, one of the major contributors to transport-related carbon emissions in London.
Emma Strain, Head of Energy Efficiency at the London Development Agency, said: 'The London Development Agency is pleased to sign up to the 10:10 campaign.
'We are spending £23m on climate change programmes over the next year to cut London's carbon pollution and to help put London on track to meet the Mayor's target of a 60 per cent cut by 2025.
'The pledge to introduce carbon-cutting measures, including solar panels on the roof and a hydrogen fuel cell, was an important part of our decision to move to Palestra.
'We will be introducing other environmental measures to ensure we cut our carbon pollution by 10 per cent including a focus on cutting waste and paper consumption and cutting energy use.'
Eugenie Harvey, Director of 10:10, said: 'London's transport system is iconic around the world.
'To keep the trains and buses running on time Transport for London and the London Development Agency employ tens of thousands of people across over thirty offices.
'Their commitment to reduce their offices emissions by 10 per cent will make a major difference.'
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