Carbon neutral by 2030

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2020
Reference: 
2020/1210
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will the Mayor comment on the Sunday Telegraph article on 8th March that states that his target of making London a carbon neutral city by 2030 is unachievable?

Answer

Carbon neutral by 2030

Carbon neutral by 2030

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My officers rightly briefed me on the challenges of bringing forward my net zero carbon target within the context of a national government that continues to drag its feet.

Some may say that a 2030 target isn't achievable but it’s clear to me that we can’t afford not to try. We are now seeing more action to tackle climate change by cities, businesses and individuals and we must build on this momentum. 

We can’t betray future generations by saying it’s going to be too hard. 

I have always been clear that with the powers at my disposal I can only deliver around half the action needed to address climate change. This is why government needs to step up and roll out retrofit programmes and incentives, support decentralised energy generation and bring forward to 2030 the ban on sales of fossil fuelled vehicles.