London’s Wandsworth Council approves 100% zero-carbon energy plan

Ilaria Grasso Macola 21 February 2020 (Last Updated February 21st, 2020 15:22)

Wandsworth Council has approved plans to transition to 100% zero-carbon energy, aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030 and zero carbon by 2050.

London’s Wandsworth Council approves 100% zero-carbon energy plan
Solar panels on the Wandsworth Town Hall roof. Credit: Wandsworth council.

Wandsworth Council has approved plans to transition to 100% zero-carbon energy, aiming to become carbon neutral by 2030 and zero carbon by 2050.

The plan, which is part of the London borough’s Climate Change Action plan, was approved last week by the Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee, the body in charge of reviewing committees’ and the council’s financial policies.

Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources councillor Rory O’Broin said: “Getting approval from FCROSC to transition to 100% zero-carbon is a massive step forward to reaching our targets of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.”

The Climate Change Action plan aims for the council to invest in low carbon technology and procure sustainable, zero-carbon energy to reach the 2030 and 2050 targets.

It was set in action in 2019, after the council declared a climate emergency, with the aim to make Wandsworth inner London’s greenest borough. The plan includes a list of themes such as air quality, energy management and planning and sustainable development.

“Renewable energy is one of the most effective ways to reduce our carbon emissions, while large organisations making the switch to low carbon will make a big difference to carbon emissions, we also want to educate and encourage the community to look at changing their energy supplier,” added O’Broin.

Wandsworth Council has said that it will take further action to cut its CO2 emissions, including audits across its estate to identify where energy measures are required, investigations on how to deploy technology to optimise energy use and installing renewable energy generation.

The council’s plan also involves investing £20m on initiatives that support its environment and sustainability strategy – of which £5m had been already spent on schemes including replacing street lights with LED.

Wandsworth’s plan aligns with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Zero Carbon London plan, which aims for the city to be zero-carbon by 2050.

Divesting London’s pension funds from fossil fuel industries and Climate Action Week – where climate experts across sectors got together for a week of talks – are amongst the initiative started by the Mayor.

Power Technology has approached the Mayor of London’s office for further comment.