London Plan and carbon reduction targets

MQT on 2018-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2018
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are the energy policies in your draft London Plan sufficient to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below two degrees Celsius, compared with pre-industrial temperatures, as described in the Fifth Assessment of the Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5)?


Answer for London Plan and carbon reduction targets

Answer for London Plan and carbon reduction targets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My commitment to make London a zero carbon city by 2050 reflects the decarbonisation needed to keep global temperature increases below two degrees Celsius. The energy policies in my draft London Plan follow through on this commitment, setting a requirement for all new major developments to be net zero-carbon.

However, with 80 percent of today's buildings still likely to be standing by 2050, it is critical that these properties are retrofitted with energy efficiency and decarbonisation measures and London's transport becomes zero emission to meet my zero carbon ambitions. My environment and transport strategies set out how I will use my powers to do this, but it is vital that government follows my lead and develops supportive national policy and funding. Indeed, to get to zero carbon requires national action, including the decarbonisation of energy grids, to deliver a 45 percent of the emissions reduction needed.