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London Mayor Launches Renewables Program

Major new developments in London will be expected to generate part of their energy needs from renewable resources, under proposals in the Mayor of London’s new Draft Energy Strategy.

London, England – March 4, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Mayor Ken Livingstone will expect major developments to, among other things, either install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels or be designed to incorporate them in the future. The plans are part of a wider strategy to reduce London’s contribution to climate change by cutting carbon dioxide emissions through improved energy efficiency and promoting renewable energy. “A city as vast as London consumes an enormous amount of energy,” Livingstone said. “We must work towards generating more of our own renewable energy. That way this great city can play a full role in meeting the national carbon dioxide target and lead on innovating future technologies. Energy wastage has social implications. Fuel poverty – where households spend more than 10% of their income on adequate heating – must be eradicated. Recent figures show more than one in six London households suffer from fuel poverty. I’m making it a priority to end this situation.” Latest estimates show that buildings are responsible for 80% of London’s carbon dioxide emissions and transport for 20%. The Draft Energy Strategy ties in with the Mayor’s strategies on transport and spatial development for a coordinated approach to energy matters. “London’s energy use will be transformed if we can get solar power into all major new developments,” said the mayor’s cabinet adviser on environment, Victor AndersonIf. “We can do this in a city as important as London, we will have made a major contribution to tackling the problem of climate change worldwide.” Other measures in the strategy include: – Moves to encourage the use of hydrogen as a fuel in London, including the establishment of a Hydrogen Partnership – A shift towards cleaner fuels in public transport through new fuel technology – Setting an example by setting a target of 2005 by which time all the GLA functional body headquarters will be powered completely from renewable energy – Keeping Londoners informed through the collection, analysis and publication of information on London’s energy use and carbon dioxide emissions