London Mayor Boris Johnson’s plan to retrofit the city’s public buildings is hitting a new milestone. Four hundred buildings are on track for being retrofitted under the innovative program, the Mayor’s office said today, with one hundred of those participating in the program by May of this year.
Mayor Johnson said today:
“Retrofitting London is a win-win, not only does it make perfect economic and common sense by cutting energy costs but it also reduces carbon emissions and stimulates the capital’s burgeoning low carbon economy, creating jobs and boosting skills.”
The program, known as RE:FIT, works to encourage energy efficiency retrofits of public buildings through low cost, flexible loans for energy-saving projects. The award-winning program also provides a team of experts who work with organizations to support their energy-efficiency goals.
The Mayor’s Environment Director Kulveer Ranger – the C40 News Team interviewed him last year at the C40 Summit in Sao Paulo – spoke about the program today at the ESCO Europe 2012 Conference. It’s the only program of its kind in Europe, and people have been taking notice. In March of last year, Mayor Johnson’s RE:FIT program got a 2.7 million boost from the European Investment Bank (read our C40 News Team blog post for more information).
Already, 86 buildings throughout the city have begun or completed RE:FIT retrofits, from 20 London fire stations, to structures at the Royal Botanic Garden. The Clinton Climate Initiative, now a part of the C40, has supported this program from the start, and you can read more about RE:FIT projects in our case study.