Boris Johnson,
Mayor of London
 
London, U.K. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 8, 2009 - Smart metering and the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure are among new “green” projects to be rolled out in London’s ten new “low carbon zones”.

The 10 successful boroughs, out of the 33 in the British capital, were announced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, following a competitive bid, and each will receive at least £200,000 to pioneer various energy-busting measures in their low carbon zones.

They are: Barking Town Center (Barking and Dagenham), Muswell Hill (Haringey), Archway (Islington), Brixton (Lambeth), Lewisham Town Center (Lewisham), Wandle Valley (Merton), Ham and Petersham (Richmond), Peckham (Southwark), Hackbridge (Sutton), and Queen’s Park (Westminster).

The “low carbon zone” scheme is part of the Mayor’s plan to make London a low carbon city, and the zones will showcase a wide range of measures to help people cut carbon and reduce the emissions of some of the city’s older buildings, which have generally been more difficult to make energy efficient.

Among the projects to be implemented, Ham and Petersham (Richmond) intends to work with Oxford University to help local residents to become more energy efficient with a smart metering scheme. This will involve monitoring how much energy is used in the home and then giving an analysis as to where savings can be made, and residents will then be supported to make changes through offers of grants and loans to make their homes more energy efficient.

Barking Town Center (Barking and Dagenham) and Queen’s Park (Westminster) plan to set up charging points for electric vehicles, while Muswell Hill (Haringey) and Brixton (Lambeth) will install measures to make community buildings more energy efficient. Hackbridge (Sutton) will work with local schools to install energy efficiency measures and to educate the next generation, and Lewisham Town Center (Lewisham) will work with designers to look at innovative ways to make period housing in a local conservation area more energy efficient.

Archway (Islington) is to launch a green “energy doctor” program under which residents will be offered an audit of how they can make their homes more energy efficient, while Wandle Valley (Merton) and Peckham (Southwark) will set up schemes for local residents to train to become “energy doctors.”

“I am delighted to unveil the top carbon-busting neighborhoods in London,” said Johnson. “The winning entries are championing the latest technologies, which will help us to become a leading low carbon city.”

The zones have a target to deliver 20.12 per cent of carbon emissions savings by 2012 and will bring together local authorities, community organizations, residents, businesses and utilities to work in partnership in a targeted geographic area. The zones will cover over 13,000 residential properties, around 1,000 shops and businesses, 20 schools, as well as a hospital, places of worship and community centers.

The Mayor has pledged to cut emissions in London by 60 per cent by 2025.