Climate change recommendations from London city staff earn committee support

Several recommendations from city staff that aim to make London more environmentally friendly have garnered the support of the city’s strategic priorities and policy committee (SPPC).

The SPPC, which contains all 15 members of city council, handed down the endorsement on Monday despite a motion from Ward 1 Coun. Michael van Holst that threatened to delay the process.

The recommendations were presented in a report to the SPPC that arrived seven months after London city councillors declared a climate emergency.

It outlines actions that can be taken immediately, actions to take within the next four months and actions to take within one year — all with the goal of reducing energy use and increasing climate change mitigation.

The 28 actions include immediately establishing an internal team to help implement climate change emergency initiatives, launching the process to develop a new climate emergency action plan, creating a new climate emergency area and developing a climate emergency evaluation tool that will be used to review all major existing programs and projects.

A highlight of the report is a goal to have London achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, a deadline that’s in line with UN recommendations.

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