2008 Manifesto: Protecting Our Local Environment

Please see below for a sample of several of the pledges in this section of the 2008 Manifesto. For the full list of pledges, please download the complete Progress Report.

Tackling Climate Change

Setting a positive example to the corporate sector

"I will set a positive example to the corporate sector by upgrading the energy efficiency of the GLA group buildings, and pressing the Government to meet its promises to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings in London."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson is ensuring that his administration sets a good example on environmental issues. They have done this through the pilot of the RE:FIT programme in 42 GLA group buildings. Utilizing the RE:FIT programme delivers a guaranteed energy savings worth £1 million per year. An innovative commercial model to support the public sector to retrofit buildings with energy efficiency measures has also been developed and they have successfully applied for European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) funding to accelerate its rollout (link). 140 organisations have already shown interest in the model to date, with 200 buildings having committed to be retrofitted leading to a combined value of over £35 million (link).

Cutting London’s carbon emissions

"I will work to help cut London’s carbon emissions by 60 per cent from their 1990 levels by 2025, including collaborating with the C40 group of cities to develop strategies to tackle climate change."
Status Update: Delivered

Mayor Boris Johnson has several active projects working towards this aim. They include: (1): The RE:NEW programme, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions from existing homes. 11,000 homes have already been retrofitted, with a total of 55,000 due by end of March 2012; (2): The RE:FIT programme pilot, held in 42 GLA group buildings, guaranteeing energy savings worth £1 million per year. 140 organisations have already shown interest in the model to date, with 200 buildings committed to be retrofitted to the combined value of over £35 million; and (3): The £3 million RE:CONNECT programme which has created 10 Low Carbon Zones across London that are on track to deliver a 20.12 per cent CO2 reduction by 2012. There is also the London Heat Map programme, an interactive tool that allows Londoners to identify opportunities for decentralised energy projects in London, and the £100 million London Green Fund to invest in low carbon waste, decentralised energy and energy efficiency (link). The Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Team have been working with the C40 Cities to share their expertise on monitoring carbon emissions and to lower carbon emission in London (link). Each of these programmes is representative of Boris Johnson’s dedication to cutting London’s carbon emissions and tackling climate change.

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