Sunday, July 30, 2006

Gallions Park: London's First 'Zero Carbon' Development

Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone today announced that he is seeking a development partner to work with him and the London Development Agency to bring to construct London's first zero carbon development at a three acre site at Gallions Park in the Albert Docks in the Thames Gateway.

The chosen partner will build 200 high quality new homes incorporating the best of modern construction and energy technology to ensure the development produces virtually zero carbon emissions.

Announcing the initiative Mayor Livingstone said the development "aims to demonstrate that 'zero carbon' developments can be commercially and financially viable in the UK."

"Energy use in buildings is responsible for the majority of London's carbon dioxide emissions. At Gallions Park I hope we will show how the highest environmental standards for new buildings can and must in future become the norm.’

The plans were welcomed by both Greenpeace and the London Assembly Greens. Stephen Tindale Executive Director of Greenpeace UK said "the Mayor is showing the way forward with this development."

Jenny Jones, Green Party Member of the London Assembly said she was "delighted that the Mayor is delivering one of the key commitments that he made to the Green Party Group on the London Assembly in this year's budget deal.

Zero carbon developments must become standard practice as soon as possible. I will press for this project to be the first of many more."

The London Development Agency has placed advertisements in UK and European press this week to begin the process of selecting a development partner.


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