UK Emissions Targets

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Gareth Bacon
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to the commitment by Ed Milliband, the new Secretary of State for Climate Change, to an 80% reduction in national CO2 emissions by 2050, from 1990 levels, what advice can the Mayor offer the Secretary of State in meeting this target, based on what is being done in London, to avoid this being another empty gesture from the Government?


Answer for UK Emissions Targets

Answer for UK Emissions Targets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

These are challenging but necessary targets. To deliver them Government action will be crucial. To date government has not done enough to really catalyse a step change in emissions reduction. The time for policy papers and reports is past - we need a strong focus on delivery through measures such as: - public sector leadership in using their procurement power to drive down prices and drive up volumes for low-carbon technologies - large-scale rollout of retrofit programmes for homes and businesses, - leveraging private sector financing - eliminating the still-substantial barriers to decentralised and renewable energy, including much more aggressive de-carbonisation of the national grid

Cities are a key delivery agency in meeting these targets. Delivery in London will be reliant on greater use of decentralised energy and heat networks, retrofitting energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings and behaviour change.

To achieve this, Government policy must change. This includes ensuring that the supplier obligation after 2011 will deliver for all housing, not just those with lofts and cavities, and that decentralised energy is not disadvantaged by regulation.