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London Environment Strategy

The Mayor aims for London a transition towards a low carbon circular economy. The influence from City Hall and the use of public sector procurement powers can help generate demand for goods and services that support the low carbon circular economy. The implementation of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy supports London’s businesses to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to thrive. Investment in London’s people and infrastructure and support for its businesses help London to drive towards a new economic model. Chapter 7 of the London Environment Strategy, sets out policies and proposals for reducing the amount of municipal waste produced, increasing the amount of waste reused, recycled or composted, and generating low carbon energy from waste remaining. The London Environment Strategy (published May 2018) waste chapter includes household and commercial waste (as per the European definition of municipal waste). Chapter 7 also sets out how through the London Waste and Recycling Board, it is possible to support London boroughs in improving recycling rates and reducing waste. The waste policy updates the greenhouse gas Emissions Performance Standard (EPS). This measures how much greenhouse gases are produced through London's municipal waste management activities. The update has taken in to account: (1) new greenhouse gas metrics; (2) London's potential recycling performance, including business waste recycling; and (3)the time to achieve the targets. This innovative approach supports waste and recycling services, technologies and techniques delivering the greatest carbon dioxide and cost saving benefits. The influence from the City Hall and the use of public sector procurement powers can help generate demand for goods and services that support the low carbon circular economy. The implementation of the Mayor’s Economic Development Strategy can support London’s businesses to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise they need to thrive.