It’s no hidden fact that London’s CO2 levels are off the charts and have only started recuperating after recent efforts. The growing awareness to London’s sustainability, together with the housing market facing strict provisions from the London Plan, seems to be increasing the acceptance of the current state of the UK regarding dealing with pollution in the environment. It’s about time to act according to environmentalists, and the public seems to be on good terms with the mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, and his efforts to develop a greener and energy efficient London by 2050.
Sadiq Kahn’s ambitious target of a zero-carbon city by 2050 is not that hysterical to envision. The previous mayor, Boris Johnson, made a considerable effort in bringing to light environmental issues in alleviating carbon emissions by proposing an Ultra-Low Emission’s Zone(ULEZ) during his term. Johnson’s figures and plans were deemed too small to have a significant effect on the state of London’s air pollution. Critics considered it to have a relatively short reach to ever catch up to the numbers he wanted to get.
Kahn’s vision for a zero-carbon city is not just for the banning of old vehicles that do not comply to Euro 4 and Euro 3 emissions standards; he also intends to promote greener infrastructures and increased efforts at recycling to reduce the present air pollution. His dream is widely supported by citizens and patrons with a majority of his £9 million budget being put to good use. The dissemination of his budget is for installing green spaces around local areas, tree planting initiatives to create urban orchards and woodlands, and the provision of water fountains across the city as an initiative to reduce the presence of plastic bottles around Carnaby Street up to Liverpool Street Station
London in the now
Kahn seems to be adamant about progressing with his green vision by pushing his ULEZ test run to be implemented earlier than its proposed 2022 date. With bills being introduced to make a greener London, many industries are being affected by the City’s move to reduce carbon emissions in the environment. British Gas has made recent movements towards making the most out of increasing its energy prices before the energy price cap takes full effect. Competitors in the energy industry are taking note of the energy giant’s movements and are increasing rates by the month.
Adapting to the greener position that London holds is not always a boon to all industries. Bit by bit, competitive sectors are embracing the shift by changing to the new carbon-emission limitations. Green Tomato Cars is a cab service that uses the unique potential in low to no emission vehicles for transportation services; a possibility for Londoners to embrace as a norm in the fast-approaching future. It’s uncertain how London will look, not just with its stand on the environment but also on its value to industries and business owners, but the greener future is sure to have a few surprises for the better.