Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall
Most Londoners want a mayor whos will cut fossil fuel use to beat pollution

Most Londoners want a mayor whos will cut fossil fuel use to beat pollution

A recent poll of Londoners has shown that almost three quarters want their next mayor to fight air pollution and climate change by cutting fossil fuel use in the capital.

Just 16% thought politicians were doing enough to protect the environment and 71% said it was important for the next mayor to reduce the city’s dependence on fossil fuels by using more clean energy, the survey of more than 2,000 adults by ICM found.

More than two thirds (69%) of those quizzed are more likely to vote for a candidate in next year’s mayoral election who commits to making sure London makes more use of clean energy.

Even more (76%) would be more likely to back a candidate who pledges to move London towards being a “zero waste” city and two thirds (66%) would favour a mayor who will boost the “green economy” by encouraging clean technology and energy efficient homes.

The poll for campaign group Here Now comes as air pollution is increasingly on the agenda for Londoners, with the VW scandal over diesel emissions from cars coming fast on the heels of warnings almost 9,500 people die a year in the capital from dirty air and fears over the impact of a new runway at Heathrow.

Support for action on air pollution and clean technology is high both in the inner boroughs of the capital and in the outer boroughs which have switched support between the two main parties in previous election.

You can follow the work of the London Assembly Environment Committee, on which I sit, here.