London Climate Action Week (LCAW) is an annual festival that brings together world-leading climate experts, organisations and communities to help find solutions to the climate emergency. This year, it takes place between June 22-30, with events being held in-person across the capital, as well as online.

Founded in 2019 by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, LCAW is the largest independent climate gathering in Europe, featuring a diverse range of events, collaborations, panel discussions, digital campaigns, greenspace celebrations, business announcements (on new climate commitments), and more.

Now in its sixth year, London Climate Action Week marks the midpoint in the global climate calendar, and this year will aim to address three key themes:

  • Delivering net zero and resilient London and UK;
  • Financing global climate transitions;
  • Mobilising whole-of-society climate action.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from organisations such as ReLondon, IKEA, UEFA, Pledgeball, Tern Eco, the Earthshot Prize finalist Sea Forest, among others.

Where are events being held?

Events will take place at various sites including ExCel London, the Design Museum, the Guildhall, British International Investment, the government’s development finance institution, Tower 42 and the LSE.

Among the events are ‘From burden to catalyst: harnessing the demands of regulation to spark green innovation‘; ‘Climate Careers: Preparing young people for the green transition‘ and ‘What’s at Stake with London’s Climate Challenge? Tackling the Water and Heat Crisis‘, hosted by the Resilient Cities Special Interest Group at CIBSE.

Head here for the full schedule of LCAW events.

What is the city of London doing to fight climate change?

The City of London is making significant strides towards creating a more sustainable urban environment. These efforts not only contribute to the City’s climate action goals but also set a benchmark for other global cities aiming to achieve similar sustainability targets.

Here are some of the initiatives already underway…

  • The City has implemented a comprehensive ‘Clean Air Strategy which was introduced in 2019 and promotes sustainable transport, expanding cycling infrastructure, improving public transport, and supporting the transition to electric vehicles with increased EV charging points.
  • Net zero by 2040: The City of London Corporation aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its operations by 2027 and support the entire Square Mile in reaching net zero by 2040 through energy efficiency measures, renewable energy use, and carbon offsetting.
  • As a global leader in green finance, the City of London is promoting investments in sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure projects through initiatives like the Green Finance Fund — to accelerate the growth of green finance and sustainable investments.
  • London is at the forefront of implementing green building practices to combat climate change, and central to these efforts is the promotion of energy-efficient buildings — both in new developments and through retrofitting existing structures. Many older buildings within the City of London are being retrofitted with modern, energy-efficient technologies, while new developments are increasingly being designed with renewable energy sources such as solar panels and green roofs incorporated.

‘Restore Nature Now’

Over the weekend, thousands of protestors from across the UK marched through central London to call for “urgent political action” on nature. The ‘Restore Nature Now’ march was joined by over 300 charities, protest groups and organisations, including the National Trust and WWF.

The ‘Restore Nature Now’ march is part of a growing movement in the UK and around the world, reflecting a heightened awareness and concern for environmental issues. As public pressure mounts, it remains to be seen how policymakers will respond to the demands of these passionate advocates for nature.

The marchers’ message was clear: immediate and decisive action is essential to ensure a sustainable future for all.

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