Letter to the Guardian on the UK reaching net zero carbon emissions

Chris Stark, the chief executive of the Government’s Committee on Climate Change, says we must act now to reduce carbon emissions. We couldn’t agree more.

That’s why I called for urgency at the Green Horizon Summit this week. A global audience of 10,0000 came together to identify immediate and collective action.

And it is why we’ve launched a radical Climate Action Strategy to achieve a net zero future for the City of London by 2040 – 10 years before the national goal.

New planning rules will bring in carbon reduction requirements for buildings and encourage greening. And a new Climate Action Fund will invest in low or zero-carbon technologies.

We’ll dedicate more street space to walking and cycling, and new green spaces. And we’ll support City firms large and small to reduce carbon emissions linked to their supply chain and investments.

Creating 800 new jobs, our actions will drive growth now and in the future.

Catherine McGuinness

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee