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Mayor looking for low carbon zone bids

Developers, schools, universities and even hospitals are set to be asked by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to nominate six new low carbon zones being established in London at the beginning of 2009.

Measures planned for the zones include home insulation, energy efficient retrofits and locally generated renewable energy schemes. There will also be extensive energy and carbon assessments to work out how to reduce the existing carbon footprints of buildings.

The six zones will join the four pilot zones already established in Barking, Wembley, Elephant and Castle and Mitcham

They are being pioneered as part of efforts to cut carbon emissions in the capital by 60 per cent by 2025.

Mr Johnson is working on the proposals with the London Energy Partnership, the Energy Saving Trust, EDF Energy and British Gas along with other energy suppliers and full details of the selection process will be released in September.

Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said: “By taking simple steps, everyone can reduce both their household carbon emissions and their energy bills. £1 in every £3 spent on heating is wasted by poor insulation alone.

'Yet even simpler things like installing energy efficient light bulbs can start people on their way by saving them around £7 per year. Solar technology also has an important role to play in helping public buildings become more energy efficient.”

Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Our quarterly Green Barometer report shows Londoners lead the way as advocates of energy saving in the home.

'The challenge with the issue of climate change is that it can feel too far removed from the reality of daily lives. We have proven that engaging communities by showing what can be done where they live is key to encouraging collective action.”

Peter Hofman, EDF Energy Director Sustainable Future, said: “EDF Energy set out its own plans to help customers reduce the proportion of CO2 arising from their energy consumption by 15 per cent by 2020 in our Climate Commitments last year.

'We are extremely supportive of schemes which help to encourage people to consider and reduce the environmental impact they may have.”

Mr Johnson said: “I have committed to deliver ten flagship 'green energy' zones across London which will provide locally produced, less polluting and less wasteful energy to fuel households and businesses in these areas
“Together we will be able to cut energy bills for these communities showing others what can be achieved, and help the capital meet a target of a 60 per cent cut in carbon emissions by 2025. These zones will drive creativity and innovation helping to secure London’s reputation as a city at the forefront of the battle to cut the wasteful use of energy which is causing climate change.”