Transforming London into the Energy Neutral City
London is a city facing considerable energy challenges, but also pioneering new approaches to generation and consumption. The Mayor of London has stated and aims to achieve 60% reduction in CO2 by 2025; a target which is far more ambitious than new European Union’s objective of a 40% reduction by 2030.
We consider that a strategic planning outlook on London’s future energy needs is an absolute requirement given the city’s rising population, ageing electricity distribution infrastructure and political pressure to shift towards more decentralised energy sources. London will need to respond to these pressures by introducing more localised low carbon energy sources into its energy network – but how can this be facilitated through planning?
Our Study therefore proposes to focus on addressing key questions, such as “How can London become a less energy and carbon intensive city?” and “How can we move to a lower carbon energy system, which is both more secure and more affordable for London’s population?”
Our approach to the Study will be to analyse the existing planning instruments and policies in place before exploring these through best practice case studies, from the local level (Brixton Community Energy Project) to the district level (Stratford City and the Olympic Park). In doing so, the Study will propose new approaches that could be adopted to facilitate London’s transformation into the energy neutral city; and applied elsewhere across the European Union in similar circumstances – addressing significant issues such as the heat loss, energy pricing and security in addition to the emerging concept of energy masterplanning.
Zoe Green (Group Coordinator) – Senior Planning Consultant (Atkins)
Rachel Ferguson – Planning Consultant (CBRE)
Jonathan Manns – Associate Director (Colliers International)
Donald Messenger – Planning Consultant (Deloitte)
Harry Manley – Planning Consultant (Deloitte)
Jonathan Douglas Green – Planning Consultant (Mott MacDonald)