London joins forces against climate change

London joins forces against climate change

London joins forces against climate change

/ Renewables / Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:43

The Mayor of  London, Sadiq Khan, is partnering with eleven major UK businesses in a bid to  make London the world’s greenest global city.

Companies such as Tesco, Siemens and Sky have  formed the London Business Climate Leaders group; pledging to use 100% renewable  energy in their London properties by 2020, reducing waste generated to landfills,  and supporting the transition towards to zero-emission vehicles by 2025. 

"This  network is a great example of how cities and businesses can come together to  take bold action on climate change,” Khan says.

“Not only are these businesses committed to  renewable energy, clean transport and reducing waste, they’re also committed to  working together to achieve results as quickly as possible.”

Khan hopes to  make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 and reduce its carbon footprint after it  emerged that the private sector workplace is responsible for 40% of London’s  greenhouse gas emissions. The Major invites other London businesses to join the  committee to help London to play its part in delivering the  Paris Agreement on climate change. The first London Climate Action Week has  also been announced for July 2019, which will cast a global spotlight on the  capital’s businesses and institutions working together to address climate  change.

The partnership  has been developed with sustainability organisations CDP, C40 Cities Climate  Leadership Group (C40), The B Team and the We Mean Business coalition, with  funding provided by the Ikea Foundation.

Frances Way Chief  Operating Officer at CDP said: “This initiative has the potential to accelerate  action on climate change and create a greener, thriving and more resilient  city. It is our hope that cities worldwide will adopt this collaborative,  insight-driven approach which has the potential to lead to meaningful action on  climate change.

"A thriving economy that works for people and  planet is within our reach and for those who get ahead of the curve on  environmental action, many opportunities await.”

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