Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments guidance - Pre-consultation draft

Whole Life-Cycle Carbon (WLC) emissions are the carbon emissions resulting from the materials, construction and the use of a building over its entire life, including its demolition and disposal. A WLC assessment provides a true picture of a building’s carbon impact on the environment. 

Draft London Plan Policy SI 2 sets out a requirement for developments to calculate and reduce WLC emissions. This requirement applies to planning applications which are referred to the Mayor, but WLC assessments are encouraged for all major applications. Guidance has been published to explain how the assessment of these carbon emissions should be approached and presented. A WLC assessment template has also been produced which applicants will be expected to use.

What is the Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments guidance?

This document is for information. It will be formally consulted on post publication of the London Plan.  

The document explains how to prepare a WLC assessment and how and when to submit it to the GLA. The guidance is for anyone involved in, or with an interest in, developing WLC assessments including planning applicants, developers, designers, energy consultants and local authority officers. 

It has been developed with technical expertise from Cundall and Targeting Zero and through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including developers and industry experts.

What's next?

A draft of the Whole Life-Cycle Carbon assessment guidance will be formally consulted on post publication of the London Plan. The current status of the London Plan can be found here.

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