Hackney’s 100% clean energy commitment
Alongside pioneering cities such as Frankfurt, Seattle and Sydney, Hackney has now committed to using 100% clean energy across its full range of functions by 2050.
Hackney is now a signatory to the UK100, a network of local authorities focused on a full transition away from fossil fuels over the next 33 years. The network seeks to devise ambitions plans that are cost effective and involve local residents and businesses.
The commitment was agreed at a full Council meeting on Wednesday 25 July, supporting a motion proposed by Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Sustainability and Community Services.
It’s hugely exciting that Hackney Council has now become a signatory to the UK100 Agreement. This is the strongest statement possible that the Mayor, Cabinet, and the overwhelming majority of Hackney’s Councillors intend to take urgent action to help avert a climate change catastrophe. Signing the Agreement also signals our intention to work with and support the many other local government institutions that are increasingly ‘siding with reality’ and responding with practical solutions to the increasingly alarming warnings of the scientific community.
With the ambitious target set by UK100 as the main driver of Hackney’s decarbonisation programme, we will now look to our procurement of energy as a means of drastically limiting the greenhouse gases we produce; we will implement ambitious energy efficiency measures to deliver considerable reductions in our consumption of gas and electricity; and we will drive the deployment of renewable energy infrastructure across our borough’s rooftops and beyond. The science is very clear - time is running out; let’s get to work.