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Taking bold steps to realise the vision of a greener London

The Mayor has a clear vision of London being recognised as a world leader in improving the environment locally and globally. He is focusing on realising this vision through big, bold programmes for improvement and an ongoing determination to encourage everyone to get involved and work together.
From press releases - 2 May 2011 09:00 AM

Leading to a greener London

London is striving to be one of the greenest cities in the world. This is the only way we will preserve and improve London and the quality of life of all Londoners and in so doing lead the world in tackling environmental issues.

The Mayor has set out his overriding environmental strategy in Leading to a greener London, an environment programme for the capital.

This is supported by strategies focusing on air quality, water, waste, noise, biodiversity, climate change adaptation, climate change mitigation and energy.

What we've delivered so far

Carbon Emissions

The Mayor has committed to reducing London's carbon emissions by 60 per cent from 1990 levels by 2025. London's carbon emissions are roughly made up of 35 per cent from homes, 45 per cent from workplaces and 20 per cent from transport. RE:NEW - Home Energy Efficiency for Tomorrow (formerly known as HEEP) aims to improve the energy and water efficiency from at least 200,000 of London's homes by 2012. The GLA has also led by example by having 42 of its buildings retro-fitted to be more energy efficient.

Low Carbon Zones

The Mayor has committed £3 million to support the delivery of ten Low Carbon Zones across the capital. These zones will show exactly how Londoners can cut carbon by reducing the emissions of some of London's older buildings, which have often been more difficult to make energy efficient.

Electric Vehicles

Cycling is not the only revolution in the Mayor's sights - we're also building the foundation for an electric vehicle revolution. The Mayor plans to have 100,000 electric vehicles on London's streets as soon as possible and has promised that no Londoner will be more than a mile from an electric charging point by 2015.