Mayor missing Carbon Reduction Targets

Date published: 
25 July 2014

At the core of the Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy (CCMES) is the 60 per cent target reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.

The London Assembly Environment Committee has produced a ‘report card’[1} on the progress of the capital’s carbon reduction targets – and it gives the Mayor a score of 4 out of 10.

London’s carbon emissions are missing the Mayor’s milestones and look set to continue to do so. In light of this, the Environment Committee has made nine recommendations to the Mayor.

Transport for London, in its forthcoming energy strategy, should set out how it will power the Tube

The Mayor should update the Committee in early 2015 on work to support public sector organisations and businesses, especially SMEs, in energy efficiency.

The Mayor should lobby national government more strongly for the workplace retrofit actions on which his strategy depends.

The Mayor should more actively promote low-carbon decentralised energy technologies such as district heating and solar energy.

The Mayor should produce a decentralised energy delivery plan, setting out how the target (25 per cent of the energy for London’s buildings from decentralised sources by 2025) will be achieved.

The Mayor should support community-led and mid-scale solar schemes.

The Mayor should lobby national government more strongly for the grid decarbonisation actions on which his strategy depends.

The Mayor should consult with London borough retrofit practitioners, through representative bodies such as the London HECA Forum, and set out how the work of the RE:NEW team will be aligned more closely with their needs as a result.

The Mayor should lobby government more strongly for the national actions required by the CCMES.

The report entitled 'Could do Better' is attached.

Notes for editors:

‘Could Do Better’ – a report card on progress with Mayoral carbon reduction targets – attached.

Murad Qureshi AM, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.

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