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While Asian countries are fighting tooth and nail with climate change by generating more and more power through renewable sources, west is not far behind. London is one such city taking some big leaps in the field of sustainability.

Square Mile is a central district in London which will be sourcing power only from renewable sources. The plan is set to achieve 100% clean energy goal by harnessing solar and wind power and purchasing clean energy from the grid.

Quite contrary to its name, Square Mile is 1.12 square miles long and one of the major financial hub in London. The initiative also makes public aware of the importance of the clean energy to tackle climate change.

The source of the clean energy initiative is solar panels to be installed on local buildings such as schools, markets, houses and other space.

“Sourcing 100 percent renewable energy will make us cleaner and greener, reducing our grid reliance, and running some of our buildings on zero carbon electricity,” Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Policy and Resources Committee Catherine McGuinness said in a statement. “We are always looking at the environmental impact of our work and hope that we can be a beacon to other organisations to follow suit.”

London is one of the most polluted cities in the world. It is also one of the richest and most important cities in the world. Taking baby steps in the field of sustainability is the accurate way of bringing a change.

“By generating our own electricity and investing in renewables, we are doing our bit to help meet international and national energy targets,” McGuinness said. “This is a big step for the City Corporation and it demonstrates our commitment to making us a more socially and environmentally responsible business.”

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