London could be net zero by 2030
New plans to help London reach Net Zero by 2030 – an accelerated target announced by mayor Sadiq Khan in 2020 – have been published this week by the London Assembly.
The report outlines several scenarios via which the capital can reach its target, including:
- ‘No Constraints’: remove all policy and regulatory barriers to reduce direct emissions by 86% between 1990 and 2030
- ‘Accelerated Green’: prioritise a mix of hydrogen and electrification-based solutions and consideration of current policy constraints, to deliver a 78% reduction in London’s direct emissions between 1990 and 2030
Commenting on the report to the Financial Times, Sadiq Khan said: “We have too often seen measures to tackle air pollution and the climate emergency delayed around the world because it’s viewed as being too hard or politically inconvenient, but I’m not willing to put off action we have the ability to implement here in London.”