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Consumption emissions (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

Your recent report into London’s climate impacts showed that consumption-based emissions are nearly triple the level of emissions occurring in London and for our energy. Since 2001, consumption emissions have also fallen significantly less than emissions occurring in London. How are you reducing London’s consumption emissions?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My new London Plan includes a pioneering policy that targets the whole life-cycle emissions of new development, including the embedded emissions associated with their construction. This new policy will ensure that key players in the construction industry, from developers to engineers and architects, play their part in responding to the climate emergency by designing and building according to whole lifecycle principles.

I am also working with the London Waste and Recycling Board to explore how we can change consumption habits to reduce food waste and promote new sustainable models of consumption for textiles.

Through my Responsible Procurement policy, I am targeting our own supply chain emissions. Through this policy we give a clear direction to those that provide services that best practice, in terms of emissions reductions, must be achieved.