Catalyst - UK Microgen
In May 2007, the Mayor of London laid down a gauntlet: 60% cuts in carbon emissions by 2025 – that's 25 years ahead of the UK's national target – 25 years ahead of anywhere else in the world. So can a city do what a nation can’t?
London has faced many challenges in its long and colourful history, but this could be its biggest. Like all great cities, it has an insatiable hunger for power. 75% of the worlds' carbon emissions come from cities. And yet cities are some of the places most at risk from climate change.
Stopping the City drowning is an unenviable responsibility, but it has fallen on the shoulders of Allan Jones MBE because of the extraordinary thing he did in the English town of Woking. Once there, he set the town on the path to independence of the national electricity grid, by generating all its own power.
Now, Allan has been asked to repeat what he did for Woking in Greater London - a city 75 times the size. London has a proud history of transformation under duress, but like the barriers on the Thames itself, the barriers that Allan and his compatriots face are immense.
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