Local people have helped create a cleaner, greener, healthier future for Islington by supporting the council’s pioneering Islington Greener Futures investment to reach its £1 million target.

Islington Greener Futures, London’s first Community Municipal Investment (CMI), was set up to give people the opportunity to invest as little as £5 to support local, environmentally-friendly initiatives.

Since its launch in October, a total of 661 people have invested in Islington Greener Futures, and it hit its £1 million target on Saturday, 29 January. As the investment target has been reached, Islington Greener Futures has now closed.

The council is taking an innovative, forward-thinking approach to addressing climate change, and the success of Islington Greener Futures is another positive step towards becoming a net zero carbon borough by 2030.

A total of £207,150 of the £1 million target came from 54 local investors. By putting their money into Islington Greener Futures, they’ve helped support a range of pioneering, environmentally-friendly projects that will help create a greener Islington for all.

These include:

The council’s ongoing efforts to improve air quality through, for example, the School Streets programme      
Working towards zero carbon recycling and waste collection      
Electric vehicle charging points to encourage residents to switch to electric vehicles 
Improved local recycling facilities to encourage recycling       
Installation of LED lighting on public buildings to reduce carbon and the cost of electricity       
Installation of solar panels on public buildings to reduce carbon and the cost of electricity 
Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “Tackling the climate emergency and creating a cleaner, greener, healthier borough is a leading priority for the council, but it’s always been clear that we can only achieve that with the support of local people.

“By helping Islington Greener Futures reach its £1 million target, local people have played their part in tackling the climate emergency, and have taken a real stake in the future of our borough. We know how challenging a time this is for people across Islington and the nation, so we really do appreciate each and every person that has invested in our vision for a cleaner, greener, healthier Islington.

“We now look forward to using this £1 million to fund a range of exciting initiatives that will make a real, tangible difference to people across our borough as we continue to create a more environmentally-friendly Islington for all.”

Islington Greener Futures is managed by ethical investment crowdfunding firm Abundance Investment, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. It is the first CMI to be eligible for the Innovative Finance ISA, which means that people were able to invest between £5 and £20,000 and receive a fixed return of 1.55% per year tax-free, with interest paid every six months and the original capital repaid after five years.

Karl Harder, Joint Managing Director of Abundance, said: “Islington residents and green investors from across the UK have come together to support Islington’s efforts to tackle the climate emergency.

“As the first London borough to raise money through a Municipal Investment, we hope it will set an example for others across the capital to follow.”

Islington Council is working hard to address the climate emergency, and Islington Greener Futures is one of a number of initiatives designed to help create a cleaner, greener, healthier future for local people.

The council recently launched a new microsite which helps local people find out more about the ways they can reduce their carbon footprint, and make pledges to change their habits to support the environment.

Islington is also benefitting from its 36th School Street, its first Library of Things, and a world-first retrofitted and refurbished twin pack electric refuse collection vehicle – a once diesel vehicle which has been given a fully electric engine.

Further information on Islington Greener Futures can be found on Abundance’s website.

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