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Committed to clearing the air with the first canal ‘eco zone’

24 February, 2017

• ISLINGTON Council has invested funding and partnered with the Canal River Trust (CRT) to create the first canal “eco zone”, with all boats visiting Islington using electric charging points, instead of diesel, for heating and power.

It’s an ambitious challenge – one which involves lots of organisations and tricky electrical engineering – and we hope that we, along with CRT, will be able to consult on detailed plans soon.

Significantly reducing pollution caused by canal boats is a complex problem – one that affects a number of London boroughs, not just Islington – and there isn’t always a quick-fix solution to such issues.

The council is committed to cleaning up the air wherever we can, including along our canals. I’d like to thank residents for their patience as we find a way to make our waterways an even better place to visit and live and work on.

Labour executive member for environment and transport


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