The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared a ‘retrofit revolution’ in London, announcing a new package of measures that will make buildings more energy efficient and tackle the climate emergency.
The scheme is open to social housing providers across the UK, which would create around 150,000 jobs over the decade. It has the potential value of £10 billion in retrofit works, with at least £5 billion estimated that could be spent in London.
Homes and business buildings within London are accountable for 78% of the capital’s annual operational emissions and essentially all will need some level of retrofitting over this decade. The capital’s social housing desperately needs upgrading to be as energy efficient as possible with improvements including better insulation, low-carbon heating through the installation of heat pumps and using solar energy to help deliver the Mayor’s climate targets and tackle growing fuel poverty.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Creating jobs and tackling the climate emergency are two of my priorities for London and that’s why I am delighted London is leading the way on a retrofit revolution. With the COP26 summit taking place later this year, it’s vital that we show how London is leading the way with our Green New Deal.”
London’s New Green Deal Framework
London’s overarching climate ambition is to reach net-zero by 2030, which is two decades ahead of the UK’s national legal deadline. The vision forms part of a Green New Deal framework. Khan had originally set a 2050 net-zero deadline, before the national target was set, but brought this forward in recognition of the capital’s contribution to national annual emissions and its ability to act as a hub for sectors.
A ‘Zero-Carbon Home’ standard was introduced in 2016 and mandates all new build homes to reach net-zero operational emissions by 2025, but most of the buildings which will be standing in the capital in 2030 already exist.
Groups across the green economy are awaiting news of a replacement for the Green Homes Grant scheme, which could well be included in the BIES Heat and Building Strategy. The majority of the Scheme’s £2bn funding pot was withdrawn earlier this year and the scheme was then closed at short notice in March, in a move that proved almost universally unpopular across the green economy.
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