Discussing community options
In general, there are three different ways that London can make changes
- Encourage action, through education and awareness
- Provide Incentives, in the form of cash rebates or grants, low-interest
loans, or “front of the line” privileges
- Mandate changes, in the
form of by-laws or standards that need to be followed and/or control activities
There is no “one size fits all” approach we can use. Fortunately, most of these
actions will save energy, which means that we will see a payback in the form of
lower energy bills. There are also jobs created when we do things like retrofit
old buildings, install green roofs, and replace old appliances.
For the community component of the sustainable energy consultation process,
potential actions have been broken down into sixteen topics grouped into four
Rather than trying to run a consultation process that addresses each topic
simultaneously, the consultation process will be staged over a twelve month
period so that each theme is introduced on a quarterly basis.
As each theme is introduced, topic summaries will be made available that outline
all of the existing incentives and resources, the proposed actions for
discussion, estimates of the costs of benefits of these proposed actions, and a
summary of what other cities are doing.
In addition, questions related to the current theme and topics will be posted on
an on-line survey as well as the discussion forum.
London’s sustainable energy plan will contain a mix of education
programs, financial incentives, and mandatory actions – let the City of London
know what you think the best mix would be through our consultation process.
Come join London's Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy .