London is uniting with cities across Europe as part of a €25m project which will explore how innovative technologies including heating homes through the River Thames can improve the standard of living for city residents.

London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Royal Borough of Greenwich have been selected to take part in the 'Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse' programme, which aims to develop local solutions to urban challenges in a bid to promote sustainable cities.

Johnson said: “London is growing at a record rate and to support the city’s future growth, we need to harness our incredible technical prowess and look to what new approaches and technological innovation can bring.

“By leading this ground-breaking international project we will be able to share ideas with our European counterparts as we work to create a city that is fit for the future and an even greater place to live, work and visit.”

As part of the programme, 300 convenient and easy-access parking bays will be introduced in Greenwich. Shared electric bike and car tests will also be trialled in the city to create a shift away from traffic congestion.

The other main areas of the initiative will see the River Thames used as a renewable energy source to provide affordable heat via a heat pump. Solar installations will be provided and managed by energy partners.