Mayor ‘could do better’ on Carbon Reduction Targets

25 July 2014

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.

Performance in the retrofitting of homes was one of the lowest, with a score of 3 out of 10. The Committee recommended that the Mayor lobby government more strongly and increase his support for domestic retrofit in London. The report also recommends action on local and low-carbon energy, especially solar, and on supporting businesses to reduce their energy bills.

Murad Qureshi AM, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee said;

“Frankly, the committee is disappointed with the progress being made on carbon reduction targets. The Mayor is missing targets on emissions from homes, decentralised energy generation and retrofitting workplaces, by big margins. The Mayor must try harder at these subjects, get more out of the government and give more help to boroughs. Transport emissions are fairly close to their 2015 target – but we urge Transport for London (TfL) – the capital’s biggest energy consumer – to take proactive action and negotiate more vigorously for low-carbon energy. TfL could also generate more of its own electricity.”

View the Report Card

Notes for editors:

  1. ‘Could Do Better’ – a report card on progress with Mayoral carbon reduction targets – attached.
  2. Visit the Investigation page
  3. Murad Qureshi AM, Deputy Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and balance on the Mayor

For more details, please contact Alison Bell in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228. For out of hour’s media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, on 020 7983 4100.