Campaigners have condemned the mayor of London’s new environment strategy for falling short by failing to announce the establishment of a publicly owned energy company for Londoners, one of his manifesto promises. Sadiq Khan published his environment policy on Friday, which aims to turn the capital into a zero waste and zero emissions city by 2050 and ensure that more than half of the city is covered in parks and green spaces in the same time frame. But the Green party and other campaigners have accused Khan of failing to carry out his pledge to create a not-for-profit energy company for the city, instead putting it out to tender. Caroline Russell, a Green party member of the London Assembly, said the failure to include the aim in his environmental strategy was a blow for Londoners. “Despite the mayor telling me it was ‘the idea’ for Energy for Londoners to be fully licensed, this doesn’t seem to be the case,” she said. “A publicly-owned Energy for Londoners was a brilliant opportunity to make a real difference to Londoners, providing residents, schools, hospitals and businesses with affordable, low-carbon energy.
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