Energy Efficiency

Improving the energy efficiency of the built environment is a major challenge for London. Recent figures recorded a 19 percent increase in fuel poverty in London. The Capital’s carbon emissions have fallen by just 7 per cent since 1990, despite a 60 per cent reduction being targeted by 2025.  The ‘Green Deal’, the coalition government’s flagship environmental policy programme, is intended to leverage around £12 billion of investment into residential and commercial energy efficiency. The Green Deal mechanism will enable households and businesses to install energy efficiency improvements to their property from registered providers at no upfront cost, with repayments attached to the property rather than the individual.

Since 2012 Future of London, supported by EDF Energy, has examined the prospects for, and potential impact of, the Green Deal for London. We published our findings in May 2012 – Delivering Energy Efficiency in London. During 2013, we have been running a programme of events that considers the practical delivery barriers for energy efficiency in London, and how London Boroughs can help drive demand for energy efficiency measures throughout the communities that they serve.


3rd December 2014, 8:30-11:00
Engaging with the Private Rented Sector – report launch details to follow.
Hosted by Pinsent Masons

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Key Publications

Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen? Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen?
Future of London
August 2012

This collection of essays looks at Decentralised Energy networks and what London can learn from the ‘Danish Model’. It is the first output from the London 2062 seminar series we held in partnership with UCL.
Delivering Energy Efficiency in London Delivering Energy Efficiency in London
Luke Hildyard, Future of London,
May 2012

This report examines the practical implementation of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and emphasises the critical role that London Boroughs will play in making the most of these new mechanisms.
The Green Deal in London: Planning Q+A The Green Deal in London: Planning Q+A
Luke Hildyard, Future of London,
June 2012

This Future of London briefing paper, written in conjunction with legal firm Pinsent Masons, looks at the implications of implementing the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation in relation to planning policy at a local level.
The Green Deal in London: Borough Challenges The Green Deal in London: Borough Challenges
Luke Hildyard, Future of London,
February 2012

This briefing paper provides more detail on the specific challenges facing London Boroughs in delivering Green Deal and ECO, with a particular focus on financing and the driving of demand locally for the two schemes.
The Green Deal in London: Policy Overview The Green Deal in London: Policy Overview
Luke Hildyard, Future of London,
January 2012

This briefing paper outlines the policy framework underpinning Green Deal and ECO, explains how the two might interact in practice, and sets out the range of different roles that London Boroughs might play in the successful delivery of these programmes.

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News and Project Updates

  • Engaging PRS landlords in energy efficiency: report launch and next steps December 10, 2014 Our new report, sponsored by EDF Energy, launched on 3rd December. The report looks at the main challenges to engaging London’s PRS landlords, and at ways in which boroughs can improve private rented housing standards in their communities.
  • Press release: Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency December 3, 2014 On 3rd December, Future of London, in partnership with EDF Energy, is launching our latest report: Engaging Private Landlords in Energy Efficiency.
    More details on the launch event are available here, and you can follow the event on Twitter with #PRSenergy and @futureofldn. Presentations and a write-up of the event will be available on our …
  • Improving standards in London’s PRS November 12, 2014 As part of Future of London’s research programme on how the public sector can engage private landlords in energy efficiency, this post considers the spatial shifts in London’s private rented sector (PRS), and the effect of its rapid growth on housing standards.
    The private rented sector in London has increased significantly during the last 10-15 years. Between 2001 …
  • Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency – report launch November 12, 2014 This 3 December event is the culmination of our major research project, sponsored by EDF Energy.
  • Invisible landlords and criminal operators – regulating a diverse sector October 27, 2014 Our 23 October seminar on energy efficiency in the private rented sector examined the role of regulation, accreditation and licensing schemes in identifying ‘invisible’ landlords.

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