Good news went out last week from Hackney Labour through the doors across Hackney.
Hackney Labour is doing everything in its power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the borough and show that we can make a real impact in the fight against global warming – as residents have asked us to do.
We listened to residents and many voted for our Manifesto commitments last year to help tackle climate change. Hackney Labour is now setting the pace in London by already taking decisive action.
We’re already working on our plan for a publicly-owned, clean energy company and, from April 2020, the Council will obtain a minimum of 50% of its electricity from renewable sources.
This is a big step towards reducing our carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and to the delivery of Hackney Labour’s commitment for the Council to use 100% clean energy across its full range of functions by 2050.
In February, 2019, Hackney’s Mayor Philip Glanville declared a climate emergency.
Tackling global warming will be one of Labour’s most important tasks once in national government, taking urgent action to cut the UK carbon emissions which are driving climate breakdown.
See ‘Procuring the future of clean energy’: http://news.hackney.gov.uk/procuring-the-future-of-clean-energy/
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services, says:
“Local Government is showing the kind of leadership necessary to drive forward the urgent changes required of the energy system, but we could be delivering so much more.
“In the South East and London alone, councils, the Greater London Authority, the NHS, and other non-Central Government organisations are spending over £1 billion per year on meeting their energy needs.
“Given the unprecedented existential threat of human-induced global warming, the rapid decarbonisation required to limit its impacts, and the challenge of significant government cuts since 2010, it’s essential that the public sector begins to think hard about how its spend on energy can be repurposed to address these challenges.
“Ensuring that public sector bodies use their – crucially, non-avoidable – spending on energy to individually and collectively secure better social and environmental outcomes for all our residents should be at the heart of future procurement decisions. Merely using energy procurement to ‘keep the lights on’ is no longer an option.”
Hackney Council to develop energy company