Checking the Mayor’s energy levels

25 March 2014

This meeting took place on 26 March 2014. Read the transcript here.

The Mayor aims for London to generate a quarter of its own energy from decentralised sources by 2025 – but what is the market appetite for decentralised and renewable heat and power generation and is the Mayor on track to deliver?

Ofgem estimates that up to £200bn will be required over the next ten years to replace the UK’s ageing energy infrastructure. How much of this investment is already in the pipeline for London and how can community groups, as well as large providers, play a part in providing for our future energy needs?

The slow take up of electric cars will have carbon implications for the capital but are we on target for reductions and where does progress need to be faster?

The London Assembly Environment Committee will tomorrow assess the Mayor’s targets for renewable and decentralised energy, as well as overall carbon reduction targets with;

· Matthew Pencharz, Senior Mayoral Adviser Environment & Energy, GLA

· Andrew Richmond, Policy & Programmes Officer, GLA

· Afsheen Kabir Rashid, Co-founder Director of Repowering London, Chair of Brixton Energy

· Reg Platt, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

· Don Leiper, Director of New Business, E.ON Energy

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th March from 10am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

1. The Environment Committee had a session on energy efficiency and retrofitting in February 2014. Link to the minutes.

2. Murad Qureshi AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Alison Bell on 020 7983 4228. For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.