London Goes Green
Believe it or not, some people are still trying honor their word on the Paris Agreement. The city of London looks to beef up its renewable energy consumption. City officials have announced a proposal to run all city buildings on 100% renewable energy by October 2018. This move will help the city achieve its ultimate goal of powering the city with zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The approved proposals for this project will include a mix of onsite and offsite renewable energy generation. The plan is to generate renewable electricity on sites government owned sites across London.
The plan also calls for investments in off-site renewable energy and buying renewable energy already available on the market via power purchase agreements.
City owned building across London should expect to see solar panels and wind turbines installed on their sites in the near future. Hopefully not taking away from the beautiful London skyline.
The city government is a major public services provider in the capital. It manages a wide portfolio of buildings including social housing across six London boroughs, 10 high-achieving academies, three wholesale markets and 11,000 acres of green space including Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest. It is also an investor in a number of private properties and other corporate buildings.
London will join the likes of likes California, which is mandated the installation of solar across all new buildings.
All this sounds great for the future resiliency of the energy grid in London. But someone has to talk about the 800-pound Gorilla in the room. That Gorilla being the Paris Agreement. Are nations on pace to honor their commitments, or all we all lagging behind?