Wandsworth Council in London will transition to 100% zero carbon energy following approval of the Wandsworth Climate Change Action Plan by councillors. Following the approval by the Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee (FCROSC), the council is now looking to invest in low carbon technology such as solar panels, and to procure sustainable, zero-carbon energy. The council itself already has solar PV panels on the roof of both the Town Hall and Reed House, which were installed in 2012. They have been lauded as a success by the council, with the panels producing more than 37,000KW in the first six months of operations alone, and having a lifespan of 25 years. Councillor Rory O’Broin who is leading the council’s climate change action, said that the approval marked a “massive step forward” to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The switch will largely be implemented through purchasing 100% certified zero carbon electricity, but it will also install renewable energy generation where feasible and look into efficiency measures throughout its operations and the potential of green gas. Around London, a number of councils and communities are looking to renewables like solar to decarbonise. In January, the City of London Corporation put out a notice of procurement for up to 55GWh of renewable energy per year.
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