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Mayor searches for low carbon answers

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants to develop district wide low carbon solutions including ground source heat pumps and Combined Heat and Power and has appealed for feedback from people working within the industry.

The appeal was made in a report titled Planning for a Better London released by Mr Johnson to explain how he wants to revise the strategic planning policies for the city.

The document said the planning system needed to “promote the most efficient use of resources like energy amd water.”

An excerpt from the report on key policies added: “In particular, we will ensure that forthcoming supplementary planning guidance dealing with renewable energy makes clear the Mayor’s strong support for microgeneration and on-site renewable energy, but without being overly prescriptive about the technologies to be used.

“We will also be keen to explore the opportunities for providing low carbon energy options – like tapping ground source heat – on a district basis; this may open up opportunities a site-by-site approach might not.

“This is a rapidly-developing area, and the Mayor would welcome the full engagement of everyone with an expertise or interest in the issue to agree ways of making real and measurable progress.”

The report stated: “Planning can promote energy efficient design and construction, greater efficiency in use of resources (such as use of combined heat and power and the use of heat networks) and the use of renewable energy sources.

“It can also help encourage decentralised energy systems, such as area-wide community heating networks.”