Climate Resilience and Equity

Wide angle sort of a small urban garden with paving and flower beds with elevated housing on all sides. The sun is shing against blue sky.
Finding shade in Parkview, South Thamesmead. Picture courtesy of Peabody/Paul Upward

UK cities are not ready for extreme temperatures that create overheating and unaffordable energy bills, hitting the most vulnerable hardest. Our research programme looks at the challenge of achieving equitable climate resilience.

London’s climate is changing. In July 2022, temperatures hit 40°C in the capital with nearly 400 deaths attributed to heat. At the same time, rising energy bills are causing fuel poverty and nearly a third of Londoners experience mould in their property.

Unless we act, how we heat and cool our homes and neighbourhoods will exacerbate growing inequalities in the city, with increased damage to residents’ health.

Future of London’s major Knowledge programme will share successful approaches to achieving climate resilience and equity in cities across the UK and internationally. The programme will focus particularly on heating and cooling our homes and neighbourhoods.

This action research will explore topics such as representation, retrofitting and heat networks, and the viability and affordability of adaptation measures. We’ll also draw lessons from and links to other sectors.

Through a programme of events, we’ll curate a cross-disciplinary journey of discovery that achieves real impact for our network. We’ll strike a balance by highlighting established best practice as well as innovations and systems thinking approaches. We’ll explore how climate data has been used to inform policy and delivery.

Wide angle sort of a small urban garden with paving and flower beds with elevated housing on all sides. The sun is shing against blue sky.
Hampshire Passivhaus, Ruth Butler Architects © Peter Langdown. From “Shading for Housing – Design Guide for a changing climate” (Pollard Thomas Edwards)

The challenge: climate resilience and equity

  • How climate impacts and extreme weather cause increased inequalities in communities
  • How to address limited knowledge and understanding of the effects of extreme weather events on homes and neighbourhoods and the potential solutions
  • How to engage residents
  • How clever new ways of working across departments, organisations and disciplines can deliver cost efficiencies and impact
  • How to pay for it
  • How to measure impact
  • How to navigate a changing policy and regulatory environment

Programme of events

We will engage with our multidisciplinary network and stakeholders through a series of events and activities. We will hear diverse voices and create a practical and inspiring output that can help the industry to take positive steps to tackle climate resilience and inequality.

The programme will provide space for those working and living with climate impacts to explore collaborative solutions.

Our inclusive, annual conference will tackle these themes head on. Take a note of the date – 8 October 2024 – and watch for further announcements.

The write up of the launch event as part of London Climate Action Week is coming soon.

Wider Future of London activities on climate resilience

In addition to the above, Future of London is curating further activities on these and related themes, as follows:

  • A cohort of Future of London Leaders will be taking climate resilience and equity as a theme for their proposals
  • The first City Makers’ Forum this year looked at the theme of transition to net zero
  • Our Health and Housing Impact Network will focus on housing, climate change and health equity
  • Our Future of Cities project will be looking at climate resilience again as it shifts to building exchanges between practitioners in London and cities globally
  • Our Inclusive Economies project will explore successful models for local economies throughout London, including green jobs


We are looking for project partners and case studies to showcase! Please contact Stephen Passmore, Head of Knowledge

Our sponsors

Climate Change and Equity is supported by Arup , Countryside Partnerships, Mount Anvil, Pollard Thomas Edwards, Potter Raper and Trowers & Hamlins


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London Climate Action Week – project launch
24 June 2024 – write-up to follow soon

Annual conference on climate resilience  – save the date
Tuesday 8 October – subscribe to our mail list to find out first when registrations open here

Read our Achieving Net Zero report (2021)
Topics include driving behaviour change and empowering communities. Download the PDF here