adiq Khan unveiled his big pitch to the capital today, promising to support more than 170,000 green jobs.
It comes after the Mayor’s Ultra Low Emission Zone helped cut toxic air pollution by more than a third.
The Labour candidate has put a green post-pandemic recovery at the heart of his election bid, with a slogan of “jobs, jobs, jobs”.
He claims that measures in his Green New Deal will help double the size of the green economy by 2030.
His campaign team have outlined a list of job areas where they say “good, high-quality jobs” for Londoners will be supported, including 17,000 roles in district energy, 4,400 in solar power and 140,000 in retrofitting.
In a live-streamed speech, Mr Khan will call on the Government to back his strategy for simultaneously tackling the climate emergency and preventing an unemployment crisis in the capital.
If re-elected on May 6, Mr Khan has promised to make helping the 300,000 Londoners who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic back in to work a “priority” for his second term.
He has already outlined plans for new skills academies to help prepare Londoners for well-paid jobs in “futureproof” sectors.
Now a £50m “Green New Deal” is being pitched as another step to give Londoners employment skills and vocational training to rebuild a better capital after the covid crisis.
As part of the policy, Mr Khan will commit to a series of pledges including ensuring London’s transport system is the world’s greenest, improving green spaces and continuing to oppose building on the green belt.
He will also pledge to ensure that London has the “right level of ambition and urgency” to become a carbon neutral city by 2030.
His campaign team say that under Mr Khan’s leadership, investment in walking and cycling infrastructure has resulted in a five-fold increase in cycle lanes all over the city.
They also say he has overseen a fall in the number of state schools in areas exceeding the legal limit for harmful nitrogen dioxide gas, from 455 in 2016 to 14 in 2019, and has planted more trees in his first term than Boris Johnson did during eight years as Mayor.
Mr Khan said: “The pandemic has had a devastating impact on London but I know that a brighter future lies ahead and together we can rebuild a fairer, greener and more prosperous city.
“If re-elected a top priority will be jobs, jobs, jobs. Good, high-quality jobs for Londoners in futureproof sectors such as the green economy which allow us to tackle the climate emergency alongside the looming unemployment crisis.
“The election on May 6 is a two-horse race between me and the Tory candidate who has no interest in tackling the climate emergency or reducing air pollution. I am the only truly green candidate that can win this election and help secure a greener, brighter future for our city. A vote for Labour is a vote for London.”