Mayor of London’s Environment Strategy

“By continuing to invest in our environment and work with boroughs and communities, we can improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in London”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has set out an ambitious strategy for London’s environment in 2050 with four main areas of focus:

  • Cleaning up the capital’s toxic air
  • Greening its streets
  • Reducing waste
  • Tackling climate change

The Mayor is hoping for London to become a zero-carbon city and at least 50 percent green by 2050.

The strategy outlines Sadiq’s plans for making the city a greener, cleaner and healthier place by targeting London’s toxic air, increasing its green cover and making London a zero-carbon city by 2050 with energy efficient buildings, clean transport and energy and increasing recycling. All this will boost London’s green spaces, clean up its air, and help safeguard the health and wellbeing of all Londoners.

The final draft of the Mayor’s Environment Strategy includes:

  • New measures to tackle London’s filthy air, including air quality concentration maps and bringing forward from 2025 to 2020 the introduction of zero-emission zones (ZEZ) in some town centres, in response to the views of businesses and local authorities that these should be delivered sooner to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicles.
  • Plans to help make the capital the world’s first National Park City.
  • A tougher target to cut London’s food waste by 50 per cent per person by 2030.
  • An aim to increase London’s current solar capacity by 20 times, providing more clean energy for Londoners.
  • Carbon budgets aiming to reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted in London for the next 15 years.
  • A new definition of green infrastructure to ensure rivers and wetlands are recognised as critical components of the green infrastructure network.
  • Calls to government to support the Mayor’s environmental leadership, ensuring London can access clean air funding, increasing its investment in clean energy and energy efficiency measures and funding London boroughs to install much needed recycling infrastructure.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I’m delighted that so many Londoners have got involved and given their feedback on the future of London’s environment. In order to protect it for future generations, we must take tough action now — we have already done some fantastic work, but there is lots more to do, and we need all Londoners, and the Government, to play their part.

“This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change. We must also protect, improve and add to our outstanding green spaces as we aim to become the world’s first National Park City.

By continuing to invest in our environment and work with boroughs and communities, we can improve the health and wellbeing of everyone living in London.”

Sadiq also wants the energy market to work better for Londoners so he is issuing the tender to set up an energy supply company as part of his Energy for Londoners programme.

In addition, the Mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces, and help London’s boroughs invest in our much-loved parks.

Since the launch of the Environment Strategy consultation, the Mayor has also established his £9 million Greener City Fund to improve and create new green spaces.

As part of his work to reduce single-use plastic bottles in London, the Mayor has also committed to delivering up to 20 new water fountains across the city this year, in busy locations including Carnaby Street and Liverpool Street Station.

How we are helping to meet the Mayor’s targets:

Camden Town Unlimited serve the business community. Our fundamental purpose is to enhance the commercial environment, creating a robust and sustainable economy which can support businesses of all sizes. We are committed to improving green space, protecting local air quality and contributing to a city-wide effort to create a more sustainable future. This is how we’re following the guidelines outlined in his strategy:

Air quality concentration maps:

We’ve created an air quality hub to bundle our projects and resources together. Here you can find live data of air pollution, allowing you to monitor and reroute if air quality is particularly bad. Parents, for example, might be particularly interested to see alternative walking routes that will help protect their children on their way to school.

Zero-emission zones:

The Mayor of London allocated us a portion of the Air Quality Fund. We are using it to produce a lower-exposure route between Camden Town and Kings Cross along the Regents Canal, one that’s safe to use in both day time and the evening. An inviting area owned by all surrounding stakeholders. The project will involve planting schemes that bring the natural world to life, inject the environment with exciting new life and spark conversation about where nature meets the urban world.

Read more about our Regents Canal project here.

Increasing recycling:

We help our business members save money and provide them with a free recycling scheme. First Mile will collect paper, plastic, card and cardboard. No need to sort, and no need to store.

Find out more about First Mile here.



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Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town.

Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town.


Camden Town Unlimited (CTU) and Euston Town are the elected organisations behind the Camden Green Loop neighbourhood strategy and climate action community.