London mayor appoints green Tsar

A director of Transport for London's policy unit is to take charge of the environmental brief at City Hall, with the aim of delivering on the raft of green commitments made by the mayor.

Isabel Dedring comes with a track record of planning and executing environmental strategies covering climate change, retrofitting buildings to reduce their carbon emissions and, of course, low carbon transport and sustainable travel planning.

Ms Dedring, said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this new role in the Mayor’s team. I believe London can and must play a leading role in taking real steps to improve the environment. We can make our environment more pleasant, save money on energy bills, create new jobs and I am determined to ensure we deliver on this agenda.”

Among the mayor’s commitments are to cut the city’s total carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, develop a series of Low Carbon Zones showcasing technological fixes and reducing energy bills, planting 10,000 trees in an effort to green the city and investing £6m to improve existing green spaces.

The mayor will also head up the new London Waste & Recycling Board, set up to promote co-operation between the boroughs and City Hall.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “We have rightly set ourselves tough challenges to protect and improve London’s environment now and in the future. I want to see that all Londoners are incentivised and encouraged to play their part in doing this.

“I am hugely excited that Isabel Dedring will take forward this vital agenda. Isabel is a huge asset. She arrives already equipped with an exceptional knowledge of environment and climate change issues in relation to London, along with a top-notch track record of achieving real results both in the public and private sector.

“Isabel shares my huge passion to see London leading the world as a city which is dedicated to becoming even cleaner and greener.”

Sam Bond

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