Sadiq Khan and Andy Street: Our cities lead way to zero-carbon future but we need help. As elected mayors for London and the West Midlands, we’re immensely proud of the regions we represent and the contribution that both make to the UK’s successes at home and abroad. But we also know that our cities are still too reliant on fossil fuels, with the consequences mounting. While some progress has been made, we need to be doing much more, much faster. The government is committed to delivering a net-zero carbon economy by 2050. Whatever your views on the exact date, we know that what we do in the next decade is critical. As we set out in a new pamphlet launched today by the Institute for Public Policy Research and WWF, we must come together to act now. This will require tough decisions by politicians across the globe. We are prepared to do this in London and the West Midlands because we believe that cities and regions like ours have a vital role to play. But we will need all the powers, resources and support that we can muster. What we need is an investment and policy package from the government, which some have dubbed a Green New Deal, which would enable our country to decarbonise faster so that we can tackle the climate crisis more effectively. This positive step would be a call to arms for everyone across the UK to play their part and could set demanding targets for reducing carbon emissions and include clear policies that would lead to cleaner, greener cities, regions, towns and villages.
Times 22nd Oct 2019 read more »
London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, have called on the UK Government to introduce a Green New Deal that devolves power to enable regions to create a fair and just transition to a net-zero economy. The two mayors have published written pieces to the IPPR and WWF Essay Collection Putting People at the Heart of the Green Transition. Both mayors call for devolved powers to enable regions to address climate change, restore nature and promote economic growth through a Green New Deal.
Edie 22nd Oct 2019 read more »