Lewisham is approach forward of different London boroughs in producing renewable power, new figures present. And, total, south of the river is outdoing the north. However London is the worst metropolis for exploiting its renewable potential, in comparison with the remainder of England and Wales.
In an evaluation by assume tank Inexperienced Alliance that compares north and south of the river’s renewable power capability to their electrical energy consumption, south London trumps the north. Renewable energy sources within the south generate the equal of two.9% of the realm’s electrical energy consumption, excess of within the north, the place it’s 1.7%.
As an city space with little area for wind generators, London’s renewable combine is dominated by photo voltaic panels and energy from biomass and waste. North London can be benefiting from landfill gasoline sources.
Why is Lewisham doing so nicely? Lewisham’s renewables are producing the equal of 30% of its electrical energy consumption. Most of that is coming from biomass and waste sources, however supplemented by photo voltaic panels, displaying that an space’s electrical energy wants will be met by a variety of renewable sources. The opposite boroughs within the prime ten are, from second to tenth place: Newham, Havering, Bexley, Hounslow, Sutton, Enfield, Barking and Dagenham, Kingston upon Thames, and Waltham Forest.
This league desk is produced as a part of Greener London week, by which a coalition of the UK’s main environmental teams, together with the Nationwide Belief, WWF, RSPB and Greenpeace, are calling for the following mayor to decide to a greener London throughout their time period. Among the many concepts, which cowl points round waste, inexperienced area and air air pollution, in addition to power, the teams are urging the mayor to ramp up renewables and make the capital a world main photo voltaic metropolis with a tenfold improve in photo voltaic capability – equal to round 200,000 photo voltaic rooftops, up from almost 16,000 right this moment.
In contrast with different cities within the UK, London is backside of the renewable power league, coming approach behind northern cities like Grimsby, Warrington and Doncaster. And evaluating the proportion of households with photo voltaic roofs within the 20 largest cities in England and Wales, the capital languishes on the backside, with solely 0.48%. Though London’s mixture of flats and personal rented housing makes it a tough place for photo voltaic panels, there may be it nonetheless room for appreciable enchancment.
Renewable power is by far the preferred power supply with individuals within the UK based on official authorities statistics which present 78% of the general public help the usage of renewables, with solely 4% towards.
Lord Barker, chair of the London Sustainable Improvement Fee, stated: “The terrific progress in sure London boroughs reveals simply what is feasible whenever you mix the most recent clear power know-how and the need to drive change. London, as Europe’s solely mega-city, has an important management position to play and the following mayor must construct on these examples to remodel the deployment of decentralised power proper throughout our metropolis.”
Amy Mount, senior coverage adviser at Inexperienced Alliance, stated: “Presently London is lacking an enormous alternative to be a world main low carbon metropolis by not doing extra to take advantage of renewables. Our capital metropolis might change into the world’s greatest city photo voltaic farm. The following mayor doesn’t want to attend for nationwide authorities to type its confused power coverage out – we will begin delivering on London’s renewable potential immediately.”
James Berry, MP for Kingston upon Thames & Surbiton, stated: “As a South London MP, I’m clearly delighted that households and companies this aspect of the river have outdone our northern neighbours in making the most of the renewable power alternatives out there. I’ve simply switched to a inexperienced power provider and lots of of my constituents are investing in photo voltaic panels for his or her roofs and warmth pumps to heat their houses, and it is a development to be welcomed, as London rises to the problem of tackling local weather change. Numerous progress has been revamped the previous few years, offering a robust basis on which the following mayor should construct.”
Agamemnon Otero, founding father of Power Backyard, stated: “By supporting communities to create self-sufficient Power Gardens we are going to carry sound enterprise sense and sensible know-how to gardening. Power Gardens will permit all ages, cultures and socio-economic backgrounds to have interaction in greening our city corridors, serving to craft socially sensible cities.”
Amy Mount, senior coverage adviser, Inexperienced Alliance (out there for interview)
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 Inexperienced Alliance commissioned Regen SW to retrieve all information. The rankings have been produced by analysing publically out there datasets reminiscent of set up studies of the Feed-in Tariff and Renewables Obligation Certificates, in addition to securing Freedom of Data requests for various classes of the Renewable Warmth Incentive. This evaluation resulted in assortment of knowledge on almost 700,000 particular person initiatives, sorted by native authority and know-how throughout England and Wales. Within the metropolis comparability, we grouped native authorities into major city areas, as outlined by the Centre for Cities, apart from London, which is outlined for the needs of consistency because the 33 boroughs which can be represented by the mayor of London and the London Meeting. See right here for extra info on the league tables in England and Wales.
 The north’s absolute renewable capability (121MW) far outstrips that of the south’s (70MW), nonetheless. Utilizing the proportion determine is useful as a result of it permits us to check bigger areas with smaller areas, by way of relating an space’s renewable electrical energy era to its electrical energy consumption.
 The hooked up infographics visualise the analysis findings and can be found for public use.
 Marketing campaign for Higher Transport, CBT, Buddies of the Earth, Inexperienced Alliance, Greenpeace, London Wildlife Belief, Nationwide Belief, RSPB, WWF
 Greener London will be downloaded right here
 The most recent Authorities statistics on the recognition of renewables, from February 2016: https://www.gov.uk/authorities/statistics/public-attitudes-tracking-survey-wave-16
 Inexperienced Alliance is a charity and impartial assume tank centered on bold management for the setting. Since 1979, it has been working with a rising community of influential leaders in enterprise, NGOs and politics to stimulate new considering and dialogue on environmental coverage, and improve political motion and help for environmental options within the UK.
Three examples of renewable power initiatives in London:
a) Photo voltaic panels for colleges, Lewisham and Greenwich
Final yr, South East London Group Power (SELCE) raised £250,000 of funding from the neighborhood to put in photo voltaic panels on 4 native major colleges in South East London. Ashmead and Horniman major colleges in Lewisham, and Mulgrave Main and Charlton Park Academy colleges in Greenwich have all benefited from the photo voltaic installations.
It’s estimated that the mission will save the faculties about £358,000 in electrical energy payments over a 20 yr interval, cash they will reinvest into training, and round 94 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions yearly.
SELCE at the moment are engaged on their subsequent ‘neighborhood share’ supply with the purpose of putting in photo voltaic panels on an extra eight neighborhood buildings within the South London space, compromising colleges, a neighborhood centre and an artwork gallery. As soon as up and working, any extra funds from each initiatives can be reinvested into SELCE’s work to cut back gas poverty in London.
For extra info, see http://selce.org.uk/
Contact Camilla Berens, 07811451417 or [email protected]
b) Power Gardens, at numerous Overground stations throughout London
Repowering London, Groundwork and Transport for London have teamed as much as rework London Overground platforms and stations into flourishing neighborhood gardens. The gardens incorporate meals rising plots, and solar-powered lighting and water pumps, in addition to different small-scale facilities reminiscent of discover boards offering details about neighborhood initiatives. As well as, there are plans to put in 2MW of photo voltaic PV on rooftops and brownfield websites to generate earnings that can help the gardens within the long-term.
There are already Power Gardens at Brondesbury Park, Dalston Kingsland, Hampstead Heath and Acton Central, and progress is being made to carry gardens to Crystal Palace, West Croydon, Hackney Down, Bush Hill Park, Southbury, and Chingford stations. Over the following two years, the Power Backyard staff hope to remodel a complete of fifty stations and platforms.
The Power Gardens mission will even offer academic and internship alternatives to assist younger individuals develop understanding and abilities in renewable power, power effectivity and concrete gardening.
For extra info, see http://energygarden.org.uk/
Contact Agamemnon Otero, founding father of Power Backyard, 07960829826, [email protected]
c) TEG Biogas plant, Dagenham
London’s first business anaerobic digestion plant opened in April 2014, and was the primary mission to be funded by the UK Inexperienced Funding Financial institution. The plant is located throughout the Mayor of London’s 60 acre London Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham, a cluster of environmentally centered enterprises.
The digester has the capability to course of as much as 50,000 tonnes of meals and inexperienced waste per year- the equal weight of 263 blue whales. This waste is offered by households and companies throughout London, diverted from going to landfill.
It produces 1.4MW of renewable power per yr which is offered to the Nationwide Grid, and is sufficient to energy round 400 houses. The plant additionally produces round 14,000 tonnes of compost, and 36,000 tonnes of digestate yearly which is used for agriculture functions. As well as, residual warmth produced in the course of the course of is utilized by a neighbouring recycling plant.
For extra info, see http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/news-and-insight/2014/london-s-first-commercial-anaerobic-digestion-plant-teg-biogas-opens-for-business/
Contact: 0300 123 2167, [email protected]