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.


2nd October 2014
Engaging with the Private Rented Sector – Seminar 1 - details to follow

23rd October 2014
Engaging with the Private Rented Sector – Seminar 2 - details to follow

For a full archive of Future of London’s past energy efficiency events, click here.

To view all upcoming Future of London events, click here.

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 LondonDelivering 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+AThe 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 ChallengesThe 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 OverviewThe 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.

To access all of Future of London’s publications, click here.

News and Project Updates

  • New project: Engaging private landlords in energy efficiency August 1, 2014Supported by EDF Energy, this research project focuses on how boroughs can engage with landlords to improve PRS housing.
  • We are hiring! July 8, 2014Future of London is looking for a researcher to work on a new project on energy efficiency in London’s private rented sector.
  • Retrofit for… Event series with UCL April 15, 2014This May, we’re partnering with UCL’s Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities for three panel discussions focused on non-domestic retrofit.
  • Getting the most from ECO and RE:NEW November 12, 2013Local authorities face a complex landscape of properties, funding mechanisms and providers to navigate to delivery energy efficiency, with the added pressure of limited time to act – our latest event explored how they can get value for money from ECO while it remains.
  • Getting the most from RE:NEW and ECO October 14, 2013The third event in our Delivering Energy Efficiently series, supported by EDF Energy, looks at two time-limited programmes: the GLA’s RE:NEW programme and the Energy Company Obligation.
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