Westminster City Council and business partners launch Sustainable City Charter

Westminster City Council and the Westminster Property Association have launched a new Sustainable City Charter in a bid to fight climate change.

The charter encourages businesses of all sizes to reduce London’s carbon footprint, and aims to build a strong business partnership on climate action across the city.

It is open to businesses across all sectors who want to reduce their carbon emission, whether they already have a corporate social responsibility strategy or are starting from scratch.

The charter includes eight commitments focused on commercial and institutional buildings, which cover specific areas — including energy, procurement, deliveries, waste and collaboration.

Organisations signed up to the charter will be required to provide annual updates on their progress in implementing these commitments and on their energy consumption.

A toolkit of advice, guidance and good practice will also be developed for participating businesses to use to support climate action and share knowledge and expertise with other signatories.

Cllr Matt Noble, cabinet member for Climate Action, Regeneration and Renters at Westminster City Council, said: “Our city is facing an unparalleled crisis as we reach a critical point in addressing the climate emergency, and we have made a commitment to becoming a net zero carbon city by 2040.

“As part of the council’s Fairer Westminster strategy, we have created a range of ambitious policies that will improve the environment in Westminster and help us tackle the climate emergency.

“The Sustainable City Charter is an exciting partnership between the council and businesses committed to leading on this agenda.

“It aims to provide a framework for climate and sustainability action to support all businesses across the city to act on climate change and sustainability.”

Paul Williams, chair of Westminster Property Association and chief executive at Derwent London, added: “As a business community and as citizens, we have a collective responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint and decarbonise our buildings and the ways in which we use them.

“Many of the companies and organisations working in Westminster today are making excellent progress, investing and innovating in order to decarbonise their assets and operations — however, we recognise that we need to move faster and be bolder to ensure Westminster becomes a net zero city by 2040.

“The Sustainable City Charter will play a pivotal role in helping us to achieve this goal."


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