The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has committed to making London a zero carbon city by 2050 and his 2018 London Environment Strategy showcases the policies and programmes to get us there.
The UK, along with 178 other countries signed up to the Paris Agreement in 2015 to attempt to limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy was one of the first city plans published to be compliant with the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement.
The 1.5C Compatible Plan looks at the different scenarios London can take to reduce its emissions and to reach the zero carbon target.
Key messages in the 1.5C Compatible Plan:
1.We urgently need to increase the number of buildings retrofitted with energy efficiency measures.
2. Strong national government policy and programmes are needed to get London’s buildings to the required levels of energy efficiency.
3. London’s path towards zero carbon relies on continued grid decarbonisation and more ambitious national government action
4. Any increases in London’s energy demand should be offset by energy efficiency deployment and increasing use of smart technology to smooth peaks in demand.
5. Cumulative electricity grid upgrade costs in all scenarios are less than £4bn to 2050.
6. Government must decide which low carbon heat pathway the UK will take by the mid-2020s at the latest.
7. Each different energy system pathway has its own pros and cons, however, costs may be similar and business as usual is not the cheapest option.
8. Decarbonising transport and increasing use of active and public transport remains a key objective for London.
Click here to read the full 1.5 Compatible Plan.