London is home to many sights and beautiful establishments. But rooted deep in the city is the looming problem of its high carbon emissions that are mainly due to the energy usage of the capital. Different sectors have shown that change must occur not just for the environment’s sake but also for its citizens. Of gem is proposing to regulate the energy usage of homes from energy companies through the government’s implementation of an energy cap bill; this bill doesn’t just aim to save the environment but also to work against energy companies making the most of the inefficient energy usage of the city. London is facing a battle against energy consumption, and it’s great to see that it has taken steps towards a greener future.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, seems to want to take the challenge head-on in reducing the capital’s carbon emission ratings down to zero by committing to the implementation of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which aims to monitor and eventually phase out all vehicles that generate high carbon emissions in his city. Together with his infrastructure projects which include the building of water fountains to reduce the use of PET bottles and the strategic placement of green parks around London, Kahn appears to be making great strides against reducing carbon emissions to reach his target date of 2050.
Industries take a hit
The housing market is but one economic sector being shaken by the green revolution. Homes are soon to be regulated with regards to energy usage and building standards. High energy consumption rates have been the bane of London’s traditional houses which are prone to using inefficient energy that contributes in part to the high level of C02 emissions in London. Structural insulated panels, or SIPs, are seen as a great alternative to conventional building. Besides being made from recyclable material, the installation time is cut in half and the insulation is built in, unlike traditional building extensions that require a separate timeline for installing insulation. Homes that make use of SIPs have better insulation for the winter season and are relatively easy to install, from restructuring roofs to house extensions to building an entirely new home from just panels.
Besides the housing market, public transportation services are also facing the threat of the implementation of the ULEZ in a more significant part of London. With Kahn’s plans to expand the range of the zone’s effect every year, taxi operators should be looking ahead to phase out their vehicles that do not comply with Euro 4 and 3 emission standards. Alternative modes of transportation seem to be the response to the green path that London wants to take.
Hybrid vehicles are being manufactured to take part in the market that Tesla used to conquer solely. Elon Musk’s pet project of green cars seem to have stirred the pot with the automotive industry and have motivated the big players to do their part in developing more electric-powered vehicles that will not just be safe for the environment but be in accordance to green laws as well.