London Land Commission

2015 Energy Planning Monitoring Report

Date published: 
08 November 2016

The 2015 Energy Monitoring Report sets out the outcomes secured in 2015 as a result of implementation of the London Plan energy policies through the planning system.

An energy assessment is required for each planning application referable to the Mayor, setting out how the London Plan energy policies will be met within the development. Specifically, applicants are required to set out how the proposals apply the following energy hierarchy:

  • Be lean: use less energy
  • Be clean: supply energy efficiently
  • Be green: use renewable energy

The hierarchy provides the mechanism through which the carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction targets in Policy 5.2 of the London Plan are achieved. It also contributes to the implementation of strategic energy policies relating to decentralised networks and ensures opportunities for building occupants to receive efficient, secure and affordable energy.

Key outcomes secured in 2015 as a result of implementation of the London Plan energy policies include:

  • Regulated CO2 emission reductions of 35 percent more than required by Part L of the Building Regulations across applications considered by the Mayor.
  • Cumulative regulated CO2 emission reductions of over 49,000 tonnes CO2 per annum against the relevant Part L baseline.

Significant investment (and with it associated employment opportunities) at each stage of the energy hierarchy including:

  • Be Lean - Investment in energy demand reduction measures resulting in an 8.4 percent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with relevant Building Regulations in force through energy efficiency measures alone
  • Be Clean - £139 million in heat network infrastructure and associated combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Be Green - £15 million in PV panels and additional investment in other renewable energy technologies, most notably heat pumps.