Solutions for a zero-carbon London
Climate change is possibly the biggest challenge to face in the upcoming decade, and the timescale to act is very limited. The disruption brought by the pandemic in 2020 has highlighted the fragility of our environments and our cities. However, if some call for a green recovery plan to tackle both the climate emergency and the impact of COVID-19 and see this time as an opportunity for a drastic change towards a low carbon future, there is a risk that in fact the opposite happens and the momentum on climate actions drops. London has committed to become carbon neutral by 2050, aiming for all new buildings to be net zero carbon by 2030 and all existing ones by 2050. The NLA Zero Carbon London report, published in November 2020, provides a clear set of priorities for the capital to achieve these targets: a focus on retrofit, the adoption of circular economy principles, decarbonising the grid, reducing embodied carbon in buildings and bringing down operational carbon to net zero, and increasing green infrastructure.
The NLA Net Zero year-round programme addresses these priorities by bringing together built environment professionals and decision makers to share best practise and accelerate the adoption of climate solutions to help create a greener, zero-carbon London. Looking ahead at COP26 in November 2021, NLA is developing the research paper Resilience Cities, focusing on the power of cities to adapt and transform through challenges, crisis and shocks
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