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London commits to Net-Zero Carbon buildings by 2050!

Did you know… Buildings account for over half of the emissions generated in London?

Yesterday London took a step towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by joining 18 other cities in the commitment to make new buildings Net-Zero Carbon by 2030.

The London Mayor was one of 19 to sign the ‘Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration’ which has been driven by the organisation C40.

The declaration aims to encourage all new buildings to be Net-Zero Carbon by reducing their energy use as much as feasibly possible with any further demand being met by renewables. But this doesn’t just stop at new builds, regulations will also target existing buildings, aiming to make these net-zero carbon by 2050!

And here is what the Mayor of London had to say about it:

“My strategy to improve London’s environment includes some of the world’s most ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions from our homes and workplaces. This includes expanding my existing standard of zero carbon new homes to apply to all new buildings in 2019. We want to make London a zero carbon city by 2050 and we’re working hard to ensure its buildings are energy efficient and supplied with clean energy sources. I look forward to collaborating with other cities on our shared vision of achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan

Here at JAW Sustainability we highly commend the declaration and are especially looking forward to seeing the programme develop and supporting work towards this important commitment.

Want to read more about this? Head over to the C40 press release.

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