Merton celebrates Low Carbon Zone success

Merton Council celebrated the successful completion of the Wandle Valley Low Carbon Zone (LCZ) with a special event last night.

The event brought together approximately 100 people involved from all over the community, including residents, schools, contractors, and councillors.

The LCZ effort has brought the borough together to help Merton become a cleaner, greener environment. Residents have told the council about the advantages the LCZ has provided – cutting the amounts of carbon dioxide created, saving them money on their energy bills, and making their borough a more environmentally-friendly place to live.

The council is also proud of another LCZ success, which involved helping 11 young people to get jobs and develop their skills for future careers in the green sector.

The council’s future plans include the Green Deal in October, which will provide a route for residents to reduce their energy consumption by investing in energy efficiency improvements at no up front cost.

Merton cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge, said: “It’s been very rewarding to see how enthusiastically our residents have responded to being part of the LCZ and how people from all walks of life have got involved.

“Although we are sad to see the end of this successful project, the future is brighter because of what we have learnt and we are going to continue building on its success with future plans.”

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Notes to editors:

The council’s celebratory event took place on Thursday 17 May from 6.30pm onwards, at the Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Rd, Colliers Wood, and media and the public were welcomed.

The 10 LCZs across London were set up to achieve increases in sustainable living at community level. Merton’s LCZ’s key successes were the 863 Green Doctor visits in the Phipps Bridge area of Mitcham offering advice on saving energy. This led to residents reducing their energy bills by around £100 pounds a year each. The LCZ also achieved a 16% saving on area emissions over two years. For more information on the LCZs, please visit: http://www.merton.gov.uk/wvlcz

Green Deal is a new national policy commencing in October 2012, and will provide low interest loans to fund the improvements. The loans are paid back over time through the savings that residents will make on their fuel bills. For more information please visit: http://www.decc.gov.uk

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Press Contact:
Nina Romain
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654