Ethical procurement of fuels

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th May 2022.

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Photo of Zack Polanski Zack Polanski Green

Have you reviewed the energy sources used by Transport for London (TfL) and the wider GLA Group to ensure there is no oil or natural gas currently supplied from Russia? If not, could you outline your plan for ending GLA reliance on Russian fuel?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The UK is not dependent on Russian oil or gas. The UK’s largest source of gas is from the UK Continental Shelf, with imports from Russia making up less than four per cent of all UK gas supply. The UK is a significant producer of crude oil and petroleum products, and imports oil from other suppliers including the Netherlands, the USA and the Gulf region. Russian imports account for only eight per cent of the UK’s oil supply.

Transport for London (TfL) does not source any of its gas supply from Russia. However, TfL is aware that tenanted properties have previously been supplied gas and electricity by the Russian majority state-owned company, Gazprom. These previous arrangements were put in place by the tenants and not TfL. TfL is not aware of any other supply from Russian companies.

TfL’s oil requirements are procured using the Crown Commercial Service’s ‘National Fuels Framework’. TfL has reviewed this framework and confirmed that none of the framework’s suppliers are registered in Russia.

LLDC uses a small amount of gas for catering purposes only. Our gas provider buys gas from the UK wholesale market and does not depend on gas from Russia.

London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) gas is provided by Corona Energy. The contracts were procured and are managed by LASER on LFB’s behalf. Corona Energy has no trading or any other relationship with Russia. All gas in the UK traded by Total on behalf of LASER will be sourced directly from the UK over the counter market

As part of my ambition for London to be net zero carbon by 2030 it will be critical for the GLA Group to move away from gas towards renewable energy sources over the remainder of this decade. To this end, the GLA Group is currently exploring options for collectively procuring renewable energy through power purchase agreements, which would directly support the development of new renewable power infrastructure.