Zero Carbon Homes - supporting boroughs

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Reference:

Question 2016/3676

Main question

Caroline Russell

How will the GLA be supporting boroughs in the implementation of the London Plan's new Zero Carbon Homes policy?


Answer

The Mayor

The zero carbon requirement is comprised of the existing target of 35% on-site carbon reduction over 2013 Building Regulations (e.g. through fabric efficiency measures, with clean and renewable technologies where appropriate), with the remaining carbon reduction through to zero to be met through additional on-site measures, where possible. Contributions to carbon offset funds will be required to cover shortfalls in on-site carbon reductions.

The GLA commissioned and published a report on existing borough off-set schemes earlier this year to help inform London 

The Sustainable Design and Construction Supplementary Planning Guidance sets out what boroughs should consider when establishing a carbon offset fund. It recommends a price for carbon dioxide and suggests potential off-setting measures. My officers also hold regular workshops with the boroughs to share best practice, support their implementation of the off-setting fund, and to identify potential projects.