In introducing the plan, Livingstone said "All of us have a responsibility, actions taken at an individual level can have consequences that are unacceptable for society as a whole. Buying a gas-guzzling 4x4 vehicle is an 'individual choice' but it creates carbon emissions that contribute to global warming and harm everyone. It should be no more socially acceptable than to claim the right to dump rubbish in the street."
Specifics of the plan address domestic and commercial space, transportation and energy supply.
- Up to 50% subsidies on insulation - free for homes on benefits - to target the 1.4m houses without proper insulation
- A "concierge service" costing £50 to £200 including an audit of a household and full management of the conversion to a greener lifestyle
- Green homes scheme to build on work of groups like the Energy Saving Trust
- Promotion of projects to encourage energy efficiency and minimise waste; recognition of firms doing the most
- "Green consultants" to encourage cycling and use of public transport
- Promotion of fuel-efficient cars
- Encouragement of combined heat and power schemes for schools, hospitals and housing developments. London wants to generate a quarter of its electricity this way by 2025
The announcement represents a part of a larger movement among municipalities in the UK, as close to 200 local governments have now signed the Nottingham Declaration - a pledge to take action against global warming.