Mayor of London Launches New ‘Green’ Strategy for the Capital

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today launched a new strategy for the UK’s Capital, aimed at better preparing the city and its people for the challenges of climate change. The strategy is claimed as a first for a world city.

Measures outlined in the strategy include measures to ‘green’ London; including the use and design of green spaces, green roofs and tree-planting to reduce water run-off and flooding, and greater preparedness for extreme weather events expected under climate change, specifically flooding, drought and heatwaves. There are plans to increase public awareness of flood risk in the capital, alongside a promotion, and compulsory introduction, of water metering to reduce water consumption.

Launching the strategy, the Mayor commented: “the range of weather conditions facing London…could seriously threaten our quality of life…and endanger our pre-eminence as one of the world’s leading cities”. The Mayor’s manifesto included an ambitious target to cut London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.

Organisations are invited to comment on the first draft of the strategy. As a result of these comments, a second draft will be published for public consultation in 2009.

Access the Mayor’s website with official press release and the draft strategy