A crucial part of the BID’s work is looking toward the South Bank of the future – one that is sustainable, inclusive and healthy for all.
Reducing South Bank’s emissions to Net Zero requires collaboration and partnership across the area. Important work in this area has begun to be done by a number of our local stakeholders, but there’s still a long way to go – thus the BID works with local stakeholders to amplify existing schemes, bring new ones to fruition and facilitate cooperation across South Bank.
South Bank and Waterloo Net Zero Strategy
In 2022, Lambeth Council received funding from the GLA to undertake comprehensive scoping of what action needs to be taken to achieve Net Zero by 2030 in South Bank and Waterloo.
To deliver this, the Council brought together a steering group of local partners, including the BID, to create a detailed Strategy and Action Plan outlining this work.
In the production of the strategy, the BID helped support significant community and business engagement, with the aim of enabling South Bank’s organisations, cultural institutions, and residents to support the transition to a Net-Zero neighbourhood.
The completed strategy was released in early 2023, with the launch of the Executive Action Plan taking place in St. John’s Church in May 2023 - the event brought together a wide range of stakeholders from across South Bank and Waterloo to highlight the need for partnership working to deliver the necessary action to reach Net Zero by 2030.
The complete Net Zero Strategy identifies 5 key objectives and areas that need to be tackled in order to deliver this vision:
Retrofitting of homes, commercial and public buildings
Creating a decarbonised, smart and integrated energy system
Improving air quality and creating zero emission zones
Climate adapted, resilient and green neighbourhoods
Zero waste circular economy
Net Zero for Waterloo and South Bank by 2030: Action Plan
Download the action plan for Waterloo and South Bank's Net Zero strategy by 2030.
Net Zero Programme Lead
To help deliver and coordinate the ambitious work laid out in the Net Zero strategy, the BID has worked with local partners to create the position of Net Zero Programme Lead. This Net Zero Programme Lead is a part of the South Bank Employers’ Group team (the delivery agent for the BID), and works collaboratively with stakeholders across the area to identify areas of opportunity and delivery.
Air Quality Monitors
Working with Breathe London, the BID has invested in 8 Air Quality Monitors, installed at strategic high footfall areas across South Bank. The data captured by this network is crucial in the current landscape: showing which areas are particularly vulnerable allows us to successfully benchmark current and future initiatives to tackle the issue.
This data is also available to all through the Breathe London website and network, to help support cross-London efforts to reduce air pollution.