Sadiq Khan pledges to make London carbon-neutral by 2030
Sadiq Khan has promised to make London carbon-neutral by 2030 if he is re-elected as mayor of London later this year.
The mayor pledged to tackle air pollution as part of his pitch to voters in the upcoming mayoral race.
Mr Khan’s said his “green new deal” for London will feature a 10-point plan, to be outlined in his manifesto before the poll on May 7.
In a speech on Saturday, Mr Khan is expected to say the 2030 target is essential to prevent the poorest communities being affected by poor air and the thousands of premature deaths in the capital each year.
“My pledge to deliver a green new deal for the city with a target for London to be carbon-neutral by 2030 will help tackle the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis.
“Some may say that a 2030 target isn’t achievable but I say we can’t afford not to try.
“This is a matter of social justice because it’s the poorest communities that are being hit hardest.”
Public transport will become greener, Mr Khan said, adding that he will commit to trying to get billions of pounds worth of government investment.
Across Britain, a small number of cities have already pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2030.
Bristol has a net-zero target of 2030, as does Edinburgh, albeit with a backstop date of 2037.