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Mayor hails London retrofitting

London Mayor Boris Johnson is championing large-scale retrofitting schemes in the public and private sector as a key method of boosting the low-carbon economy and providing green jobs.

The capital is offering 200,000 private households a free carbon makeover through its pioneering RE:NEW programme.

Meanwhile, all public sector buildings are being offered financing structures under the related RE:FIT scheme, which sets a guarantee on carbon and financial savings from several companies.

Greater London Authority area police and fire stations are among 42 public buildings that have already taken part in RE:FIT, saving an estimated £1M off fuel bills.

In a speech to the UK Green Building Council, Boris Johnson is to highlight how “greener buildings” worldwide can provide cost-effective means of tackling climate change, as well as meeting local priorities and creating jobs.

Johnson said: “We are determined to shape a legacy from the 2012 Games which raises the bar for sustainable design and construction, contributing to the creation of a vibrant new metropolitan quarter in east London as well as within the Olympic park itself.”

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