Mayor of London Ken Livingstone today announced that Allan Jones MBE, green energy pioneer at Woking Borough Council, will become the driving force behind London’s bid to tackle climate change and promote sustainable and renewable energy.
In his role at Woking Borough Council, Allan Jones has undertaken groundbreaking work on energy and water efficiency, combined heat and power (CHP), alternative fuels for transport, fuel cells and renewable energy to help tackle climate change. Under Allan, Woking (population approximately 100,000) has installed nearly ten per cent of Britain’s solar energy photovoltaics and is now home to the first fuel cell CHP system in the UK. He also contributed to Woking Borough Council gaining the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the development of local sustainable community energy systems – the first time a local authority has received this award. Allan Jones will now be bringing this expertise to London to implement the Mayor’s Energy Strategy.
The Mayor’s 2004 election manifesto promised to create a London Climate Change Agency. With the UK holding the presidency of the G8 and the EU next year, it is a timely opportunity to focus on addressing climate change both at home and at an international level.
Using one of the Mayor’s ten statutory personal appointments, Allan Jones has been appointed as Chief Development Officer for the London Climate Change Agency.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: ’ Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the planet this century. Not only do large cities like London have a duty to reduce their carbon emissions but, as Allan Jones has shown at Woking, becoming more energy efficient can save local authorities considerable sums of money. We will re-invest these savings in pioneering new renewable energy sources.
‘What Allan Jones has achieved in Woking is nothing short of revolutionary and I am delighted that he has agreed to take up the challenge of replicating what he achieved in one borough on London’s world-city sized stage. ‘
Allan Jones said ‘ I am delighted to be having such a key role in the Climate Change Agency for London. I believe that my experience at Woking Borough Council will help me to work with the private sector to deliver an enhanced energy infrastructure and to improve energy efficiency in new and existing buildings.’
Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London said: “This is a really important initiative and will provide the necessary impetus and leadership to help make London the green capital of Europe. It will put us on track to meet our target for a 20 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2010.
I am delighted that the Mayor, working closely with the London Development Agency, has chosen to implement my proposal for a Climate Change Agency which was part of his election manifesto earlier this year.”
Notes to editors
- In his first term the Mayor launched the London Hydrogen Partnership and London Energy Partnership, which are already facilitating work to tackle climate change, fuel poverty, air quality and build London's green economy. The Climate Change Agency will provide a new delivery mechanism to compliment these initiatives. www.lhp.org.uk, www.london.gov.uk/mayor/energy/energypartnership
- The Mayor’s Energy Strategy can be found at www.london.gov.uk
- The Mayor’s Energy Strategy has targets for a 20 per cent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 2010 (based on 1990 levels) and a 60 per cent cut by 2050 (relative to 2000 levels). The Mayor believes there should be at least one zero-carbon development in every London borough by 2010. London should aim to generate 665GWh of electricity and 280GWh of heat, from up to 40,000 renewable energy schemes by 2010. This would generate enough power for the equivalent of more than 100,000 homes and would heat more than 10,000 homes.
- Woking Borough Council is one of the first boroughs in the country to sign up to a Climate Change Strategy. The Strategy is one of the most comprehensive yet to be developed in the UK and covers a whole spectrum of the Borough’s energy uses. Among its many innovative energy saving initiatives, the Council has developed the UK’s first sustainable energy 200kWe fuel cell, the first private wire electricity, district heating and cooling sustainable energy station in the country and the use of photovoltaic cells on a number of council owned properties to create sustainable electricity. In 2000 Woking was granted the Queen’s award for Enterprise in recognition of its groundbreaking approach to sustainability; the only local authority honoured with Britain’s most coveted commercial award. For further information, please visit www.woking.gov.uk
- Allan Jones was appointed a Member of the British Empire in the Millennium New Year’s Honours List for services to energy and water efficiency.
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