10 things you need to know about the Draft London Environment Strategy
Content Coms’ very own Mr Green Giles Crosse offers his list of the top 10 things you need to know about Sadiq Khan’s Draft London Environment Strategy.
London’s Mayor has released an exciting new Environment Strategy for the capital. Can it address London’s eco challenges for the better? Here’s what you need to know.
1: It’s truly radical
The Strategy sets nothing less than a zero carbon ambition for the whole of London by 2050. That’s enormously challenging, and vastly exciting for the capital.
2: Can it be done?
London’s Strategy goals are staggeringly difficult; zero emissions transport, zero waste to landfill. Khan is not messing about. It’s nothing less than a top level remodelling for pure sustainability.
Is it possible? Hard to say, but very questionable without vast, rapid change, huge sums of money and a huge amount of effort.
3: New green spaces
New parks and new trees are coming to London. This isn’t just about C02; it’s about people and how they interact with the environment too.
4: Breathe, breathe, breathe
The Strategy promises that London will have the best air quality of any city in the world by 2050. It’s another hugely challenging thing to achieve.
5: Clean driving
London’s buses and taxis are going green too. An ultra low emissions zone is coming along with 2,000 charging points for your electric car.
6: Zero carbon buildings
Where Londoners live and work is changing. From 2019, every new building must be zero carbon.
7: Heating with passion
In conjunction with the zero carbon buildings, low carbon heat will be city wide by 2030.
8: Areas for concern
The Strategy is delivered under several key themes: air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and energy, waste, adapting to climate change, ambient noise.
9: Sadiq Khan says…
“I’ve set out my plans to improve London’s environment by fighting pollution, tackling waste and promoting cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change. I want to hear your views and ideas about how we can make London the greenest city in the world.”
10: You should have your say
You can make your thoughts on the Strategy known by commenting at https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/draft-london-environment-strategy-have-your-say
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