The Mayor of London’s commitment comes as 80% of Londoners say climate change poses a huge threat to the capital, and people gather virtually for London Climate Action Week.
As part of London’s Green New Deal, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week announced investing an initial £10m in green projects that will support around 1,000 green jobs to tackling air pollution and climate change, while boosting London’s economic recovery.
The fund will seek to boosting green transport, improving access to public spaces, as well as supporting new and existing businesses in the green economy. It will also focus on decarbonising the built environment strand, include making homes more energy efficient and ensuring London is supplied with more green energy through district energy networks and other clean sources.
New data shows that London’s £48bn green economy now supports 5% of jobs in the capital, and the Green New Deal Fund aims to help double the size of London’s green economy to £100bn by 2030
The fund will seek to tackle inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 crisis. London has some of the highest levels of fuel poverty in the country with one in nine London households unable to meet the cost of heating their homes, according to BEIS Fuel Poverty Statistics 2018.
Funding for retrofit, district heating and solar
Projects receiving funding include the 2030 Future Neighbourhoods programme to support retrofitting of homes and commercial and public buildings, and the Retrofit Accelerator Innovation Partnership, which will bring together social landlords and the supply chain to develop scalable solutions for deep, whole house retrofit while driving down costs.
Other projects include the Edmonton Energy Recovery Facility which wants to increase its capacity by a further 20MW and extend its district heat network from Enfield into Hackney and Haringey, as well as £500,000 for community energy groups within the London Community Energy Fund.
Funding will also go to PV solar initiatives, such as the Old Oak and Park Royal Solar PV project will to deliver rooftop solar panels across the Old Oak and Park Royal industrial estates and the Together London programme, which has successfully supported the installation of solar panels on almost 1,000 London homes.
Over 80% of Londoners say climate change is a threat to the capital
Meanwhile, seven out of 10 Londoners agree that tackling climate change is a priority for the capital according to new polling commissioned by London’s boroughs. In the first survey of its kind to ask about Londoners’ attitudes to climate change, 82% said they are concerned, with 40% saying they are very concerned (40%).
Over half of the 1,006 respondents feel their day-to-day life in London had been impacted by climate change, with 57% also saying their level of concern has increased in the last 12 months. Overall, 71% of respondents said that addressing climate change is a priority for London.
“With huge consensus on making this a priority, we must act quickly and work together to reduce its severity and ensure a just transition,” said Mayor Philip Glanville, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee.
London’s Green New Deal Last announcement and the poll come as the capital’s climate professionals and communities came together virtually to discuss solutions for climate change at London Climate Action Week. Organised by climate change think tank E3G to shape a concerted response ahead of COP26, the week-long series of 150 interactive webinars, also acted as a platform for funding commitments by the GLA.
Some of the interactive sessions were recorded and are available to watch on the London Climate Action Week website.