Mayor answers to London
Question by John Biggs
Could you clarify:
What are you doing to persuade people to use less energy?
What are you doing to provide more recycling bins in London?
Whether you would support a London wide day of action on energy saving?
Answer by Boris Johnson (1st Term)
Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.
Written answer provided on 28 November 2011:
I am delivering a number of programmes designed to help Londoners reduce their energy usage. These include the RE:NEW programme which focuses on home energy efficiency, the RE:CONNECT programme which works on a community level, the RE:FIT programme which targets public sector buildings, and the BBP programme which develops energy efficiency solutions for commercial property owners.
I am also putting in place a range of measures to reduce energy use from transport. These include creating a cycling revolution in London, making walking count, improvements to public transport and encouraging the uptake of less polluting vehicles including electric vehicles.
Full measures are set out clearly in my Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy.
The provision of on-street litter and recycling bins in London is a London borough duty and not one I can intervene in. I have committed in my draft municipal waste management strategy to work with WRAP and waste authorities to collate and share good practice on recycling on-the-go services on streets and in public areas. I am also working with the GLA group, and in particular TfL, to significantly improve on-the-go-recycling on the GLA's own estate. This year I put an extra 169 bins on the London Underground and everything that can be recycled from those bins is sent for recycling.
I have supported several such initiatives in the past including WWFs annual Earth Hour event. In principle I would support a London-wide day of action on energy saving, but I would need further details before committing to such an initiative.