In response to GLA’s report on achieving Net Zero by 2030, Mayor Philip Glanville, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:
“London boroughs are playing an instrumental role in the fight against climate change and will be delighted to see this renewed commitment from GLA, which promises a future of ambitious joint working to make London a cleaner, greener capital for everyone.
“London Councils welcomes the report’s outline of the scale of the challenge to achieving Net Zero by 2030, which aligns with a great many of our own targets. Tackling climate change will only be successful if we all collaborate to achieve it.
“We look forward to working alongside the GLA on projects such as the pioneering work of the Retrofit London programme. This partnership working will shine a light on how we can collectively secure the benefits of achieving Net Zero through warmer homes, increasing sustainable green jobs, cleaner air and reductions in extreme weather, and particularly how we can maximise these benefits for the most vulnerable.
“Boroughs are also championing green jobs through our work with the GLA on the Green New Deal mission which will see increasing job opportunities in green sustainable sectors like homes and buildings, low carbon transport, power and green finance. These sectors will be vital in meeting Net Zero targets across London and providing essential jobs for a green recovery for the capital.
“It is right that the report emphasises that significant investment, both public and private, will be needed to reach Net Zero. A 2030 Net Zero target represents a substantial increase in ambition in comparison to a 2050 target.
“London Councils is already engaging with private finance through our work as partners in the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UKCCIC) to make faster progress on the path to Net Zero. We will continue to engage GLA and other national partners in the vital work of the Commission.
“We stand alongside GLA and the wider local government family in calling for Government to support places and regions in tackling the climate challenge. It is only through delivering greater green investment, supporting skills and green jobs within a policy framework that empowers local areas to innovate and deliver.
“However, the need for a just transition that protects disadvantaged groups and those vulnerable to the impacts of climate change cannot be overstated. The GLA, boroughs and other London partners must bring everyone with us on the path to Net Zero.”