Pledge to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3045
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

In response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, mayors from more than 250 cities in the USA have voted to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035. Will you adopt a similar pledge for London and your forthcoming Environment Strategy?

 

Answer

Answer for Pledge to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035

Answer for Pledge to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2035

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I support the US cities mayoral pledge, which demonstrates how cities can lead the fight against climate change in the absence of national leadership.

As a dense urban environment, the vast majority of London's energy is derived from the UK national grid, and so whilst we will continue to work to increase the proportion of renewable energy within London, we are unable to pledge to 100% renewable energy supply within this timeframe. 

My Environment Strategy sets out a clear pathway to what is needed in London to be a zero carbon city by 2050, capitalising on the opportunities that London has to lead globally. Whilst we strive for 100% renewable energy supply by 2050, we recognise that this will require further national action. We will continue to work with both UK Government and global cities to understand how we can further support this ambition.