The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is partnering with eleven major UK businesses in a bid to make London the world’s greenest global city.
Companies such as Tesco, Siemens and Sky have formed the London Business Climate Leaders group; pledging to use 100% renewable energy in their London properties by 2020, reducing waste generated to landfills, and supporting the transition towards to zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
"This network is a great example of how cities and businesses can come together to take bold action on climate change,” Khan says.
“Not only are these businesses committed to renewable energy, clean transport and reducing waste, they’re also committed to working together to achieve results as quickly as possible.”
Khan hopes to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 and reduce its carbon footprint after it emerged that the private sector workplace is responsible for 40% of London’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Major invites other London businesses to join the committee to help London to play its part in delivering the Paris Agreement on climate change. The first London Climate Action Week has also been announced for July 2019, which will cast a global spotlight on the capital’s businesses and institutions working together to address climate change.
The partnership has been developed with sustainability organisations CDP, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), The B Team and the We Mean Business coalition, with funding provided by the Ikea Foundation.
Frances Way Chief Operating Officer at CDP said: “This initiative has the potential to accelerate action on climate change and create a greener, thriving and more resilient city. It is our hope that cities worldwide will adopt this collaborative, insight-driven approach which has the potential to lead to meaningful action on climate change.
"A thriving economy that works for people and planet is within our reach and for those who get ahead of the curve on environmental action, many opportunities await.”