Our research and reports

The LSDC has written and commissioned research and reports on a wide range of sustainability issues that are critical to London. You can find our publications below.

Please contact us if you can't find what you're looking for or to send us any feedback on our reports.

Recent reports

Young Londoners' priorities for a sustainable city.


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This report provides a unique insight into the challenges and priorities of young people in the context of the UN sustainable development goals (SDG's). The SDG's provide a framework for cities to replace the old ways of tackling sustainable development in environment, economy or social silo's to anew more holistic approach which can help tackle some of the issues raised by young people in this research. In what is believed to be one of the biggest studies of its kind ever conducted in a global city, the research behind Young Londoners' priorities for a sustainable city was commissioned by the London Sustainable Development Commission and sought the views of more than 2000 young Londoners aged between 16-24. This report allows the Commission to consider the intergenerational impact on young Londoners of policy decisions made. The work forms part of the Commissions wider project to map London's performance against the SDG's to help drive further improvement in delivering sustainability across London.


Women in Cleantech: Is cleantech entrepreneurship missing out on the Diversity Dividend?

Women in Cleantech
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This report summarises the findings of a research project we undertook this year to understand if, and by how much, the cleantech industry in London is missing out on ‘the diversity dividend’: the impact a diverse leadership team can have on the business’ bottom line. It explores the data, and lack thereof, on cleantech leadership and draws statistics from comparable data. It explores issues of institutional barriers, skills and education, language and communication, unconscious biases and what opportunities there are in a field so crucial to tackling the impact we are having on our environment and climate. The report also sets an Action Plan that we will take forward with partners to ensure that the cleantech community in London maximises the benefits of a diverse pool of talent and increases the participation of and leadership by women in cleantech entrepreneurship.

London's Quality of Life Indicators Report 2017 

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The LSDC’s fifth Quality of Life report draws on existing datasets to examine 32 key indicators to gauge progress for people living in the capital.  These metrics provide evidence to help guide decision-makers in taking the actions needed to improve the quality of life of all Londoners: present and future, and to help London play its full role in meeting global sustainability goals.

The report sets out progress since the last Quality of Life reports; these can be viewed below. It collates existing data across the three, interrelated areas of sustainability: environmental, social and economic. In doing so, it provides a more holistic snapshot of London’s quality of life and how sustainably the city is developing.


Better Future: A Route Map to Creating a Cleantech Cluster in London

Better Futures
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This report, published in 2016, summarises the case for creating a cluster of future orientated and problem-solving environmental enterprises in London to help speed up the growth of the low-carbon economy. Clusters allow innovations to flourish by grouping together individual organisations and facilities working in a shared field or sector – research institutions, business start-ups, laboratory and manufacturing spaces and so on – so that knowledge, expertise and technologies can be shared more easily. The report examines the location we identified as the best opportunity for making fast progress on a cleantech cluster for London, and includes our recommendations for next steps. 

Reports from 2012-2015

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