London could be a “role model” for addressing climate change, Green party Mayoral candidate Jenny Jones has said.
Later today Ms Jones will visit Wembley where she will address local voters and launch her environmental and energy policies.
Ms Jones says as Mayor she would want to see London meet four major targets by 2030:
1. Become a zero waste city.
2. Reach 80% recycling rates.
3. Reduce energy usage by half.
4. Generate at least a third of its energy within London.
She also promised to help Londoners in four key areas:
1. Making sure food waste is collected on a weekly basis.
2. Working with boroughs and central government to make sure all Londoners can recycle in the same way.
3. Working with central government to ban carrier bags, reduce unnecessary packaging and use more recyclable and biodegradable materials.
4. Rolling out the RE:NEW home insulation programme to over a million homes and expand the RE:FIT workplace refurbishment programme to cover small and medium sized businesses.
The GLA Group would be expected to meet five targets during her Mayoral term:
1. Reduce the GLA group’s building energy bills by £2.7m (a 10% reduction).
2. Switch a third of London’s 54,000 traffic signals to LED lights.
3. Switch at least 1,500 vehicles to electric or used cooking oil engines.
4. Ensure all events funded by City Hall are carrier bag free.
5. Send all public sector food waste and parks waste to anaerobic digesters.
Speaking ahead of her visit Jones said: “By setting bold targets for our capital, we can ensure London is a model for the world in addressing climate change, reducing waste and securing our shared future.
“Although many Londoners grasp the importance of changing our way of life to protect our environment, our city still creates unsustainable levels of waste and pollution and consumes unsustainable levels of natural resources.”
She also promised to “offer concrete, practical assistance to all Londoners in reducing their energy bills, recycling more easily and waste less.”
Candidates for Mayor include Jenny Jones (Green party), Ken Livingstone (Labour), Lawrence Webb (UKIP) Boris Johnson (Conservative) and Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrat). A full list of candidates can be found here.