The Mayor’s Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Annual Report provides an update on activity undertaken in the 2011-13 financial years to reduce London’s CO2 emissions and secure its energy supply. It also provides analysis and commentary on levels of CO2 emissions in London in 2011.
The Mayor has a target to reduce London’s CO2 emissions by 60 per cent of 1990 levels by 2025. This Annual Report updates on programmes outlined in the strategy, including the Decentralised Energy Programme Delivery Unit, RE:FIT, RE:NEW and the Mayor’s Low Carbon Entrepreneur, as well as initiatives delivered by London’s wider market.
London’s CO2 emissions have fallen by eleven percent since 1990, 21 percent since their peak in 2000, and 14 percent since 20081. This is even more impressive in light of the rapid increase in London’s population. Original population forecasts for London were seriously off-target. London is growing at the fastest rate in its history, with an increase of around 600,000 since 2008. This has meant that CO2 emissions per capita have reduced by nearly 30 percent from 1990 levels and by 19 percent since 2008. This means London continues to produce by far the lowest per capita emissions of any region in the UK at 4.89 tCO2 per annum, compared to the national average of 6.9 tCO2 per annum2. As London is also the wealthiest region, it shows how we can decouple CO2 emissions from economic and population growth, and shows how cities can lead the way in reducing CO2 emissions.