According to Mayor Sadiq Khan, tube stations will be powered by low and zero carbon energy generators under a pioneering eco-scheme. This will be authenticated when The Mayor of London grants a ‘license lite’, which he is already expecting after a mere 2 months of taking the position as Mayor last May. A license lite is a means of applying for a license to supply electricity and to obtain a director that will relieve you from your obligation to directly fulfil Standard License Condition (SLC) 11.2.
In preparation for the new scheme, City Hall is currently arranging purchases with providers such as Peabody, Vital Energy and Scottish & Southern Energy. The energy generator panels will be used to power various facilities in the tube stations such as air conditioning systems, offices and, of course, the tube stations’ famously face-paced escalators.
According to Mr Khan, he is looking to make London the cutting edge of clean technologies in the hope of growing the number of industry jobs available for the taking. With this scheme in place, London would finally be making some sort of step towards its 2025 Renewable Targets, be it small.
It would also generate roughly £300 million in clean energy investment by 2021, generating 1,650 construction contract opportunities and 160 permanent openings for professionals operating low carbon centres and networks.
Mr Khan has recently also been selected as vice-chairmain of the C40 Cities Climate Steering Committee, which is an organization of established cities devoted to supporting the environment, preventing air pollution and combatting climate change.
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