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Cabinet backs plan for Tower Hamlets to become a net zero carbon borough by 2045 or sooner

A plan to make Tower Hamlets a net zero carbon borough by 2045 or sooner has been backed by Cabinet on Wednesday, December 15, bolstering the Council’s commitment to responding to the climate emergency.  

The Net Zero Carbon Partnership Action Plan has been created collaboratively by a climate alliance of housing, education, health, the community and voluntary sector, business organisations in the borough, and by the council.  

The climate alliance will seek to involve more partners across the borough in the coming months, bringing together expertise, collating data, and sharing good practice to improve sustainability in Tower Hamlets.  

The borough-wide alliance will work together towards the 2045 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and offset remaining emissions, by creating sustainable supply chains, reducing energy consumption, and nurturing biodiversity through planting trees and greening the borough. This plan will focus on a fair and just transition towards net zero carbon.  

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said:  

“It is great news that that this plan was backed by Cabinet yesterday evening. We have worked closely with organisations across the borough to develop this Net Zero Carbon Partnership Action Plan as only together can we achieve net zero carbon in Tower Hamlets.  

"When we declared a climate emergency in March 2019, it was clear that collaborative work was needed to reach our goal of becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2045 or sooner.  

“The council has also committed to becoming a net zero carbon council by 2025, which means doing everything we can to improve energy efficiency of buildings, ensuring the council is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, converting street lighting to efficient LED lights, planting more trees in our streets and in our beautiful parks.  

“We are also cleaning up our air by increasing the number of electric vehicle chargers and cycle hangars to encourage greener travel, as well as implementing School Streets for safer and greener areas around schools.” 

Cllr Asma Islam, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said:  

“Cabinet backing the Net Zero Carbon Partnership Action Plan helps to support our goal of a net zero carbon future as a Council and for the borough. 

“We know that no organisation can respond to the climate emergency alone – it requires knowledge sharing, collective action, and collaboration across the borough and beyond.  

“We will be working closely with organisations and want to reach our diverse community across the borough to build a cleaner and greener future for all of us.” 

If your organisation is interested in joining the climate alliance, please email: climate@towerhamlets.gov.uk 


  • The alliance is composed of 20 organisations and will continue to grow with the implementation of this plan. A list of organisations involved in the partnership can be found here.  

  • Tower Hamlets produces the fourth highest levels of total carbon emissions in London.   

  • Its location on the Thames and its densely populated landscape means that the risks of flooding and overheating are greater than in many parts of London.  

Summary of the Net Zero Carbon Partnership Action Plan 

Posted on Thursday 16th December 2021