ensington and Chelsea council is calling on all embassies in the borough to go green by using lower-emission vehicles and electric cars .
The move comes after the council announced that it would convert all of its own fleet to low-emission vehicles.
Last week, it began putting postcards with information about the importance of going green on the doorsteps of embassies. The cards urge embassy staff to contact the council’s environment team for help making the move.
Council leader Elizabeth Campbellsaid: “Improving the air quality of the borough and reducing carbon emissions is one of our top priorities…It doesn’t matter if you are driving a car, a van or an ambassador’s limousine, we want everyone in the borough to do their bit.”
There are more than 50 embassies or equivalent high commissions in Kensington and Chelsea. The council estimates there are hundreds of embassy cars in the borough, with some having as many as two diplomatic cars for official and 14 for private use.