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Consumption emissions (3)

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

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Photo of Leonie Cooper Leonie Cooper Labour

New housing is one of the largest sources of consumption emissions. What tangible steps are you taking to bring down embodied carbon in new homes?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

My new London Plan is introducing world-leading policy requiring all referable developments to calculate and reduce whole life-cycle carbon emissions. My definition of whole life-cycle carbon covers operational and embodied carbon emissions associated with materials, construction, repair, refurbishment, demolition and end of life.

As well as reducing embodied carbon, this policy will encourage the re-use of existing materials in line with circular economy principles, while supporting the local sourcing of materials and the London economy. I will shortly be publishing a new guidance document for developers outlining how to comply with this policy.

The new London Plan also supports precision manufacturing in the delivery of new homes which has the potential to reduce the embodied carbon from homes even further.