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Green buildings to make London world's first "park city"

Living wall

London is set to get greener after London mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled plans to make it the world’s first National Park City.

The concept of a National Park City is to transfer key attributes of a national park - usually in rural areas, and often with spectacular natural beauty - into a city environment.

As part of his draft London Environment Strategy, Khan pledged a £9M Greener City Fund for greener infrastructure in the city. This includes green (living) walls, green roofs and rain gardens to help tackle pollution. A map will be made to show the areas most in need of greener infrastructure; Khan’s ambition is for 50% of the city to be “green” by 2050.

As well as getting greener buildings, London’s solar generation capacity is set to double by 2030 under the draft London Environment Strategy with an energy grant scheme to support those who want to install panels.

“I’ve set out my plans to improve London’s environment by fighting pollution, tackling waste and promoting cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change,” said Khan.

Aecom director of sustainable development Ben Smith said the announcement was “inspiring”.

“The campaign to make London a National Park City has inspired us at Aecom to think about an improved built environment in London, incorporating more and better green infrastructure,” he said.

“We are big supporters of the campaigns aims. Our work cuts across a number of themes outlined in the strategy. We look forward to helping deliver on this vision for London.”

Khan recently released an infrastructure mapping tool, highlighting areas which need new construction projects.

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