By Jennifer Taylor
Councils must save the environment from wasteful urban lifestyles.
London's consumption outstrips its supply of natural resources, according to Making London a Sustainable City: reducing London's ecological footprint.
The report found that the capital's 'ecological footprint' - the area of productive land or sea needed to supply the resources consumed and absorb the waste generated - was more than twice the global
The main contributors are: use of goods and services - 36% - food and its transport - 24% - direct energy consumption - 20% - and personal transport - 14%.
Councils can reduce the city's ecological footprint by clustering homes and activities around transport; using local food in school meals; introducing kerbside collection for recyclables; and increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
A Greener Future
>> Cluster homes and activities in accessible locations
>> Create attractive routes for walking and cycling
>> Use local food in school meals
>> Promote farmers' markets and home delivery of fresh produce
>> Give incentives to produce less waste
>> Provide kerbside collection for recyclables from homes
Energy and the built environment
>> Apply the Ecohomes standard, a method for assessing the environmental impact of house building, to new housing