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10 Nov 2009 12:11:08

London launches new domestic carbon reduction scheme.

London launches new domestic carbon reduction scheme.
A new scheme, which aims to reduce the carbon emissions in more than one million homes, was launched by the mayor of London today (November 10th).

The aims is to introduce a number of simple changes and larger scale measures to increase energy efficiency in at least 200,000 homes by 2012.

If necessary funding is made available, it is hoped the scheme will reach 1.2 million homes in the capital by 2015.

As part of the scheme residents will be able to make a number of free and simple changes such as switching to low energy light bulbs and energy-saving standby switches.

Larger modifications available through the scheme include loft and cavity wall insulation which will be subsidised for people who can afford to pay and free for those on qualifying benefits.

By installing the measure the scheme could mean a reduction of more than 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in the city by 2015.

Residents in nine of the city's boroughs will be able to benefit from trials of the scheme before it is rolled out on a wider scale over the coming years.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: "With more than a third of London's climate change emissions being generated from domestic properties, making our homes more energy efficient is a no brainer.

"London is crying out for a much more simple, easy to access scheme to help people go green, and these trials will help us create this."

If successful, the new measures could provide a large contribution to helping the UK achieve its target of reducing carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 34 per cent for 2020.



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