Sadiq publishes environmental strategy

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out a vision for London’s environment in 2050, which aims to make the city a greener, cleaner and healthier place by targeting London’s air quality, increasing its green cover and making London a zero-carbon city by 2050 with energy efficient buildings, clean transport and energy and increasing recycling.

The Mayor says the strategy brings together approaches to every aspect of London’s environment in one integrated document.

The final draft of the Mayor’s Environment Strategy includes new measures to improve London’s air, including air quality concentration maps and bringing forward from 2025 to 2020 the introduction of zero-emission zones (ZEZ) in some town centres. Sadiq wants to achieve legal limits on NO2 well before it is required in 2025, and to adopt tighter World Health Organization recommended air quality guidelines. The Mayor says to achieve this he needs additional resources and powers ‎from Government.

It also includes plans for London to be the world’s first “National Park City”, and a tougher target to cut London’s food waste by 50 per cent per person by 2030, as well as aiming to increase London’s current solar capacity by 20 times, and for a 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is a greater reduction than that set by Government, and which is compliant with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees.

It suggests a new definition of green infrastructure to ensure rivers and wetlands are recognised as critical components of the green infrastructure network.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change. We must also protect, improve and add to our outstanding green spaces as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City.

Sadiq also wants the energy market to work better for Londoners so he is issuing the tender to set up an energy supply company as part of his Energy for Londoners programme. From next week, suppliers will be invited to work innovatively with the Mayor to deliver fairer energy prices to Londoners, supporting fuel poor homes and offering a green tariff.

In addition, the Mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces, and help London’s boroughs invest in parks. The Mayor has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees, with City Hall partners planting an additional 40,000 in 2016/17. A further £4 million has been committed to support more tree planting.

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