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Livingstone aims to cut London's carbon emissions by over half in 20 years

The Mayor of London has unveiled detailed plans on how he hopes to slash the capital's carbon emissions by 60 per cent in the next 20 years.

A huge emphasis will be placed on 'greener homes' in a bid to make zero-carbon or 'low-environmentally impacting' development the norm across the city by 2025.

The Green Homes Programme aims to reduce annual CO2 emissions from houses by 7.7 million tonnes over 20 years.

Observers will hope the programme will meet with a better fate than the mayor's drive to build a zero-carbon development in each of the capital's 32 borough's by 2010 which, as reported yesterday, already looks to have failed (Livingstone's zero-carbon pledge 'nearly impossible to meet').

The new Green Homes programme is just one of four programmes, part of Livingstone's Action Today to Protect Tomorrow, which he hopes will see a reduction of 20 million tonnes in carbon emissions each year by 2025, and help to prevent the 'catastrophic effects of climate change'.

The plans will look at moving a quarter of London's electricity supply from the national grid to local combined heat and power systems by 2025.

It will also place greater responsibility on to Londoners themselves, urging them to stop using energy wastefully both at the home and at work.

Today's plan calls for London's annual C02 emissions to shrink from 44 million tonnes last year to 18 million tonnes by 2025 - an average of 4 per cent a year.

Livingstone said: 'The actions set out in this plan are radical - the most comprehensive for any city I know. But they will need to be accompanied by further action from government.

'It is completely inadequate to simply talk about climate change or make purely token actions. This plan sets out the beginning of a comprehensive programme to tackle climate change in London in the next 20 years.'

by Richard Vaughan

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