An innovative strategy to turn London into a more eco-friendly city has been launched by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
The Strategy which would be suppored by a ‘Greener City Fund’ has received the backing of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) and others.
Its primary aim is to make the capital “greener, cleaner and ready for the future” aims to tackle the city’s air quality crisis and delivering more efficient buildings, cleaner transport and better recycling methods.
It will use planning regulations to protect the Green Belt and promote the implementation of green roofs, green walls, rain gardens and habitats for wildlife in and around new project developments.
A £9m ‘Greener City Fund’ for London will be created to improve green spaces, plant neighbourhood trees and maintain green community areas.
The Mayor said: “London is home to outstanding green spaces that I want to protect, invest in and improve as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City.
“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.
The Strategy also includes London’s first ‘solar action plan’, which sets out the Mayor’s actions to more than double London’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030. Meanwhile, a new ‘fuel poverty action plan’ will help to increase support for Londoners struggling to heat and power their homes affordably, while new policies to cut waste and encourage better use of resources will be developed under an overarching pledge to recycle 65% of London’s waste by 2030.
UK-GBC’s campaign and policy director John Alker said: “These aspirations highlight the growing trend: it is our cities that are leading the way in the absence of policy ambition and clarity from central Government. UK-GBC strongly welcomes this type of leadership and will be contributing the voice of progressive built environment businesses to this consultation. We look forward to engaging with the Mayor’s office on the detail of these policies and maintaining the ambitions outlined.”
And London-based engineering firm Aecom’s director of sustainable development Ben Smith said: “The campaign to make London a National Park City has inspired us at AECOM to think about an improved built environment in London, incorporating more and better green infrastructure. We are big supporters of the campaigns aims. Our work cuts across a number of themes outlined in the strategy. We look forward to helping deliver on this vision for London.”