Renewable Energy Equipment

MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor



Answer for Renewable Energy Equipment

Answer for Renewable Energy Equipment

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Development Agency's study on developing London's sustainable energy sector has assessed the economic benefits and identified the potential opportunities. The study reveals a fairly well-developed sector with strengths in energy financing, consultancy, technology supply and installation. Key sector opportunities are expected from the integration of sustainable energy into the built environment, due to London's strong design, construction and property development industries and huge development programme. However, manufacturing was not identified as an opportunity, reflecting lower costs and economies in other regions. Furthermore, both this study and research carried out for London Renewables, a pan-London group aiming to stimulate the uptake of renewable energy technologies, found that there is currently sufficient capacity to meet an increase in demand in the short term. It is expected that the marketplace will respond where there is demand and policy certainty.

I am therefore focusing my attention on London's demand for renewable energy technologies through the London Plan and my Energy Strategy, which should in turn stimulate a market response. The draft London Plan states that major developments are expected to include renewable energy technologies where feasible and produce a proportion of their needs from renewables on site. It also states that boroughs should ensure this standard is applied to all developments. The forthcoming Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Design and Construction will provide further guidance on how to achieve this.

Furthermore the GLA is leading on delivering a programme of work, London Renewables, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the cross sector members of the steering group, which aims to support partners and industry players such as developers in implementing the technology across London. .