Canary Wharf in green drive
The developer that owns Canary Wharf has signed up to an agreement with the mayor's office that it will abide by environmental targets for commercial buildings outlined in the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).
Under the CCI, governments and private developers pledge to attain ambitious sustainability goals that involve reducing carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.
Mayor Ken Livingstone has been a longstanding proponent of environmental issues and alongside the CCI he has also set up numerous separate initiatives tasked with reducing energy waste both in commercial centres and in homes.
In one of the most significant developments to date, the Canary Wharf Group has confirmed that it is now joining his Better Building Partnership, ensuring that the new and existing commercial buildings in the financial district are brought up to the highest possible level of energy efficiency.
"Canary Wharf Group recognises the importance of sustainability both in terms of construction and ongoing user of buildings." Mr Iacobescu commented. "We want to ensure that we are at the forefront of green construction and can lead the industry in this field."
The mayor previously launched two new initiatives under London's Climate Change Action Plan which aim to help businesses lower their carbon footprints by three million tonnes before 2010.
Article Date: 07 March 2008
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