James Kenealey environmental
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a £1.5billion infrastructure investment package with the London Recovery Board to kick start the economy after lockdown and work to reduce the city’s emissions and water footprint.
The investment will be spent improving the water infrastructure in a bid to slash leakage by 20% and pollution by 30% while readying the city’s electricity infrastructure for a move towards electric vehicles.
The London Recovery Board is conducting a public engagement exercise with 50,000 city inhabitants informing their plans for the programme through online consultations.
The details of how the funding will be divided will be dictated by this consultation and are yet to be revealed, although it has been confirmed that Cadent, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks, UK Power, Thames Water, and SGN are set to be the businesses who will deliver the programme.
The COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown resulted in a downturn in pollution across the UK and has made many organisations look ahead to kick-starting a greener, more environmentally friendly future. London is aiming to become the greenest city in the world by the middle of the 21st century, and to this end they aim to introduce zero-emissions zones by the end of 2020, cut emissions by 40% and increase London’s solar PV capacity twenty-fold.
City Hall said in a statement:
“Once the specific projects have been identified and agreed, they will be delivered with the support of the Mayor’s recently established Infrastructure Coordination Service, to promote collaboration and minimise costly road network disruption, particularly at a time when Sadiq is encouraging more Londoners to walk and cycle."
The London Mayor also welcomed the UK Government’s £2bn investment in initiatives designed to incentivise walking and cycling. This investment includes a bike repair voucher scheme, measures to help doctors prescribe cycling, funding for bike infrastructure and an e-bike rental scheme.
“It is essential that infrastructure initiatives are utilised to serve all Londoners as we work to recover from this pandemic and to build back better with a fairer and greener economy.”
In a bid to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2023, Morson and Vital Human Resources recently become the first million litre per year user to adopt the Shell Destination: Carbon Neutral fuel card scheme. This scheme involves spending just 1p more per litre of fuel, and based on emissions throughout the year, Shell purchase carbon credits to offset carbon emissions through a variety of global programmes.