London Mayor aims to make London the greenest city in the world
The Mayor of London, has announced plans to make the UK’s capital city the green city in the world by 2050.
The ambitious plan is set out in the London Environment Strategy (LES), including increasing investments in renewable projects and improving air quality.
The scheme wants to increase the amount of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the city by 20 times as much by the deadline.
Sadiq Khan, the city’s Mayor, has also suggests that the amount of food waste in London is halved within the next 32 years.
By 2020, CO2 emissions within the city should also have been reduce by 40% against a 1990 baseline.
This is five years ahead of the previous goals set, in a bid to achieve the ultimate goal of London becoming carbon-neutral by 2050.
The plan has been created subsequent to City Hall consultation with 3,000 member of the public and 370 stakeholders, all in London.
“I’m delighted that so many Londoners have got involved and given their feedback on the future of London’s environment,” stated Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London.
“In order to protect it for future generations, we must take tough action now - we have already done some fantastic work, but there is lots more to do, and we need all Londoners, and the Government, to play their part.”
“I congratulate Mayor Khan and the team in London for being amongst the first cities globally to publish a plan set to deliver the highest ambition of the Paris Agreement,” commented Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
“London is providing inspiration to cities around the world."
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.