Zero-carbon homes

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-09-12
Session date: 
September 12, 2019
Reference: 
2019/17606
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

I want to congratulate you on the recent House of Commons Science & Technology Committee report, which praised London’s work delivering zero-carbon homes. How are you lobbying Government to take up this agenda, in particular re-instating the zero-carbon homes standard?

Answer

Zero-carbon homes

Zero-carbon homes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am pleased that the Science & Technology Select Committee has recognised the importance of London’s net zero carbon homes policy which was introduced in London in October 2016, and which will be extended to cover all major development when the final version of my new London Plan is published next year. This puts London way ahead of national government on the carbon performance of new buildings, after government shied away from introducing the zero carbon homes policy nearly three years ago.

I have consistently called on government to reintroduce the zero carbon homes standard nationally in consultation responses and meetings, and my Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy has recently written to the new energy minister setting out the benefits London has seen from the zero carbon homes policy, including carbon reductions of 40 per cent more than Building Regulations in 2017. It’s time for government to match my ambition in responding to the climate emergency and re-introduce the zero carbon homes policy nationally.