EUA calls on new London Mayor to make energy efficiency a priority

Published:  09 May, 2016

Following his election to London Mayor on 5 May, the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) is asking Sadiq Khan Make to put energy efficiency at the heart of his policy for London.

“An effective energy efficiency policy will have diverse and far-reaching positive outcomes for many Londoners; from helping to tackle fuel poverty through to helping to improve air quality,” said Isaac Occhipinti, head of external affairs at EUA.

The EUA is calling on the Mayor to:

  • Extend the boiler scrappage scheme to include all non-condensing boilers, as currently financial incentives are available to replace G rated boilers. Carbon emissions and household energy bills can be reduced by switching to an efficient boiler.
  • Implement a robust and all-encompassing domestic energy efficiency scheme to reduce energy bills and help improve the health and wellbeing for London residents. A whole house approach to energy efficiency is needed to help reduce carbon emissions in the capital.
  • Incentivise commercial natural gas vehicles, which have lower emissions and lower operating costs than their diesel equivalents. Currently HGVs contribute nearly 75% of NOx emissions in local geographic areas, where the UK is exceeding annual targets.Natural gas as an alternative to diesel, in buses, LGVs and HGVs, will improve air quality by reducing NOx, CO2, and noise emissions, at no additional cost, and they can use the existing high-quality gas pipeline infrastructure.