HACKNEY has been ranked as the greenest London borough and third in UK for emission reductions.
Over ten years between 2007 and 2017, the borough reduced its emissions by 1.75 tons of CO2 per person, according to figures from the Department for Business, Energy and Industry.
Hackney’s final output of 2.32 tons of CO2 per person is the lowest in London, and the third lowest in the whole country.
Hackney Labour’s record on tackling the climate emergency has also been recognised in new national best practice guides by the Local Government Association Labour Group.
Three best practice examples feature on www.lgalabourclimateemergency.com, including Hackney Labour’s #WarOnPlastics which highlight 13 separate interventions in the first 13 months that the Labour administration has made to tackle single-use plastics.
It also highlights the pioneering School Streets scheme which sees roads closed outside school gates at drop-off and pick-up times.
Thanks to this radical intervention, now just 9% of journeys to school are made by car, contributing to Hackney’s record of the ‘greenest borough in London’, with the lowest CO2 emissions in the Capital according to figures by the Department of Energy. Hackney Council launched a toolkit for other councils to do the same.
Finally Hackney Labour’s radical action to increase renewable energy consumption by the Council features, with the news that Hackney switched 50% of its energy consumption to renewable sources this year, and has a plan to renewably source 100% of its energy by April 2020. That means residents can know that the boroughs streetlights, energy in council buildings, and in some local schools will all be from renewable sources.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm said: “These are just three of many policies that the Hackney Labour administration is championing in the Town Hall, but I am delighted that Hackney Labour’s radical action to tackle the climate emergency has been recognised nationally.
“It shows how we are putting our 2018 manifesto to build a safer, fairer and more sustainable Hackney into action, and responding with deeds, and not just words, since declaring a climate emergency in Hackney in June this year.
“This does not mean we are going to rest on our laurels however. We are clear that if we do not become a net-carbon neutral Council as soon as possible we will be faced with a climate catastrophe. I look forward to keep progressing the work to decarbonise Hackney, and listen to our residents as to what more we could be doing.”