Climate Leaders: Matthew Pencharz on London’s sustainable growth [podcast] | U.S. Green Building Council
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In this episode of Climate Leaders, I talk with Matthew Pencharz, Deputy Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, about the overall trends he’s seeing within the greater London area to address sustainable growth. Here, Pencharz shares insight into the city’s efforts to balance population increase and economic growth with initiatives that lower carbon emissions and foster green building. 

Pencharz is responsible for the Smart London Board, an advisory council made up of academics, businesses and entrepreneurs focused on how London can put digital technology to use in making the capital city a better place to live, work and invest. He also chairs the London Hydrogen Partnership and leads coordination of utilities’ works for London’s Opportunity Areas through the Infrastructure Delivery Board. 

He was initially appointed Environment Advisor in 2012 to lead the Greater London Authority and its work related to various sustainability activities, including carbon emissions reduction, affordable energy, water efficiency, waste policy and creation of green space. Pencharz first joined the Mayor’s team in 2009 from BBC One, where he worked on the network section of the The Politics Show, covering environment and energy.