Wandsworth sets out green ambition

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wandsworth Council has set itself the target of becoming the greenest borough in inner London.

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At a meeting of the full council last night, Council Leader Cllr Ravi Govindia laid out his ambition for Wandsworth Council to play its part in tackling climate change – with the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and a zero-emission council by 2050.

He said: “The threat of climate change to our environment is one that none of us can take lightly. It is a threat to our way of life for us and future generations.

“Councils therefore must join the fight to address the drivers of climate change.  We need to do our bit to stop the huge impacts on our environment and begin the process of reversing the damage. This is something I feel passionate about.”

Wandsworth already has a strong track record in both protecting the local environment and speaking up for its communities.

It has taken a clear stand against the expansion of Heathrow - and the damaging effects of more noise and pollution that would bring – forming cross-party coalitions with other councils and environmental groups in that fight.

Wandsworth has also made had great strides towards making a difference to the local environment including reducing waste and encouraging recycling, planting hundreds of trees every year and making council offices and depots more energy efficient.

Other environmental initiatives have included switching to LED street lighting, promoting electric vehicles and introducing a huge number of electric charging points around the borough, as well as encouraging residents to join car clubs, with Wandsworth now boasting the highest membership in London.

Cllr Govindia added: “We want to see this borough moving in the right direction in the fight against climate change and going forward no area of council life will be left unchallenged. By being creative and practical across all parts of the council we will be working towards the goal of cutting emissions and reversing climate change.

“I will be personally driving this work and I know Wandsworth residents will want to help and play their part in achieving that goal. Together I am confident we can reach our target of being the cleanest and greenest inner London borough.”