posted by Jonathan Bown

Underground joins 10:10

10 tube stations commit to 10% in 2010

10:10 poster at Hyde Park Corner tube station

There was a time when spending a large amount of time underground and caring passionately about the environment was the preserve of Wimbledon-based subterranean litter pickers the Wombles.

Now though, thanks to an exciting new partnership between 10:10 and London Underground, ten tube stations across the capital are working together to cut their emissions by 10%.

As of today (June 10), they’ll be rolling out a host of carbon-cutting measures including switching off escalators during off-peak hours and turning off unnecessary lighting.

The stations taking part in the challenge are some of the largest on the network: Bank, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Earls Court, Holborn, Charing Cross, Green Park, Knightsbridge, Hyde Park Corner and Victoria will all be taking part. Each station has an environment champion who will be encouraging all staff to sign up to 10:10 personally, as well as helping them cut carbon at their own station.

Signing up to 10:10 is just one of the ways in which London Underground is changing the way we operate, helping to make London a greener and more pleasant place to live.
Howard Collins, London Underground Chief Operating Officer

This is big news for us – and not just because of the 500 tonnes of CO2 London Underground will be cutting from its yearly emissions. To be involved with a big brand like the tube, whose stations and trains are used by millions of people each day, is a massive boost for the campaign – particularly because London Underground will be displaying 10:10 posters in all ten 10:10 stations. Our graphics guru Ross has dreamed up a cracking design, so look out for it!

Meanwhile, Transport for London’s head office buildings are also taking part in 10:10, after TfL improved its carbon efficiency by 5% last year. Not bad for an organisation that carries more than a billion passengers a year!

Eugenie Harvey, 10:10 UK’s campaign director, says, "The London Underground is truly iconic and such a crucial part of life in London, ferrying millions of people around the city every day. We're so happy to have them on board - reducing carbon emissions is, literally, as everyday as catching the tube." 

In future months we’ll be reporting on how LU is getting on and which stations are coming out on top. Watch this space.

Fun fact: One of the measures that have helped LU cut its carbon to date is system called regenerative braking, which recovers electric power during braking and feeds it back into the electricity supply. This provides an electricity saving of up to 25% and is currently used on 15% of the tube network. (This will increase to 50% by 2012 and the entire network by 2020.)