‘Boris Johnson’s climate flippancy translates into policy failure’
This week the NRFC has backed London Assembly member Jenny Jones’ outspoken concerns about the failure of the Mayor of London’s environmental policies.
As Jenny noted in a recent article for the Guardian, “Boris Johnson’s Climate Flippancy Translates Into Policy Failure“, in 2009 the Mayor launched his RE:NEW home efficiency programme with a target of ensuring 1.2m London homes were insulated. Yet despite these grandiose ambitions the programme has been taken up by only 88,000 households, well short of the target of 200,000 homes Johnson said he wanted by now.
Equally, when he came to office Johnson pledged to spend £100m on environmental programmes such as home insulation, but has so far only spent £44m. These shortcomings have been further compounded by the premature cancellation of the Mayor’s £3m low-carbon zones programme, which was meant to be rolled out to every borough in London.
Commenting on the article, Chair of the NRFC Hugh Goulbourne said:
‘Whilst the NRFC supports the Mayor in his work to deliver a London-wide home energy efficiency programme, it is disappointing to learn that landmark programmes like RE:NEW are so far behind on their delivery timetable. The Mayor really does need to get a grip on this issue if he is to have any chance of achieving his 1.2m home energy retrofit target by 2015. With ever rising fuel prices, it is more important than ever to ensure that these programmes are fully implemented to help low income households across London reduce their fuel consumption.”