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Greener cooling sought to help meet London 2050 zero carbon aims

Consultation now underway is seeking public feedback on how zero carbon buildings can best be realised over next three decades

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has outlined draft plans to curb the capital’s carbon emissions with a focus that will mandate replacing cooling systems across the city with more efficient technology.

The proposed reliance on new cooling and heating standards forms part of longer term ambitions to realise zero carbon emissions from London’s buildings within the next 33 years.

A strategy document is now open for wider public consultation until November 17 in order to try and put together clear goals for better ensuring London can be ran on 100 per cent green energy by 2050.

According to the draft strategy, considerations such as implementing revised standards for energy and insulation in buildings is expected to help city authorities tackle wider issues such as fuel poverty. It will also consider health issues such as “damp, mouldy homes” and how they can be tackled through more efficient buildings.

The mayor’s office has therefore identified a need to drastically overhaul energy consumption across London as a means of better tackling climate change concerns.

“Old systems of heating, cooling and powering buildings using coal and gas must be replaced by cleaner, local renewable energy, and petrol and diesel vehicles must be replaced by zero emission ones,” the draft strategy states.

 “Londoners will also spend less on energy and use less energy overall through better building insulation, more efficient boilers and heating systems, smart technology and better access to more affordable energy tariffs. This will give Londoners secure access to the energy they need.”

 Also under consideration will be the best means of introducing an air quality positive standard that would require new buildings to support efforts to ensure clean air in London.

 With the consultation open until the middle of November, responses received will be used to formulate a finalised London Environment Strategy for publication next year.

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