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GLA publishes draft environment strategy

Katie Coyne23/08/2017 - 16:25

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The plan involves increasing green spaces
The plan involves increasing green spaces

An ambitious plan to make London ‘cleaner, greener and ready for the future’ has been unveiled by the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan.

The far-reaching document covers air pollution, water shortage, energy, noise, green spaces, waste and recycling and more and sets targets to work towards.

By 2025 water demand is due to outstrip supply, the report warned, and that almost half of Londoners have poor access to open space.

The daft London Environment Strategy added that carbon dioxide emissions are too high and in some areas of the city the electricity infrastructure is approaching full capacity.

The report said: ‘As London gradually grows to be home to over 11 million people by 2050, many of these problems will get worse if action is not taken now.

‘This strategy sets out a vision for London in 2050 that will realise the potential of London’s environment to support good health and quality of life and to make the city a better place to live, work and do business.’

A number of ‘aims’ set out to achieve by 2050 include, making London a zero carbon city with a zero emission transport network and zero carbon buildings. It also wants to see London become a zero waste city.

By 2050 Khan wants the city to go beyond air quality requirements to have the best air quality of any major world city.  Helping achieve this is an ambitious plan to make more than half of all London’s area green with a 10 per cent increase in tree canopy.

As part of the plans it wants to reduce the number of people ‘adversely affected’ by noise and promote more quiet and tranquil spaces.

Longer term climate change are also mentioned with note that Londoners will need to become ‘resilient’ to severe weather and impacts such as flooding, heat risk and drought.

A number of interesting proposals are put forward as a means of achieving overlapping aims such as green roofs and walls to help insulate buildings, which will also reduce energy demand, support biodiversity and improve air quality.

Making buildings more energy efficient and generating energy locally will reduce carbon dioxide emissions as well as improve air quality.

Increasing the number of green spaces will boost health by providing more places for people to exercise, play, relax and socialise in – but will also improve air quality, More green and healthy routes to school will reduce people’s exposure to air pollution. More trees will provide more shade and help cool the city.

Encouraging walking and cycling boosts public health and again takes vehicles off the roads, improving air quality, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and reducing noise.

Other methods outlined include using sustainable drainage to help reduce flooding and improve water quality, and rainwater harvesting.

 

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