SMEs in London (1)

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 28th September 2022.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

SME businesses often lack the resource and funding to prioritise making ESG investments. Rather than levy the ULEZ on individuals, wouldn’t you be better off focusing on the provision of free ESG consultancy and grant support for London’s circa 1 million SME businesses to assist them reaching their net zero ambitions?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions bring high costs to Londoners – our economy, livelihoods, environment and health. Tackling these challenges will reduce these costs now and in the future.

The ULEZ maximises the health benefits for Londoners while minimising the cost to individuals and businesses. Should I decide to expand it London-wide, I have committed to the largest scrappage scheme feasible..

My programmes already help SMEs tackle pollution and reach net zero. My Business Climate Challenge (BCC) provides them with dedicated support to address emissions from their buildings. The 2021 pilot of the BCC found that the average participant could reduce their energy consumption by 16 per cent, saving £4,300 writannually; this is closer to £8,300 with current costs following recent price rises.