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Energy and climate change

Increasing energy efficiency can help to address fuel poverty and reduce the threat of climate change. Preparing for climate change can help to minimise the risk that it poses.

  • By steve.craddock

The reduction of fuel poverty is a key priority for London’s local authorities.

We work to support councils in reducing fuel poverty by:

  1. reducing energy prices by encouraging tariff switching and influencing energy policy
  2. increasing home energy efficiency.

Ensuring London's residents are on the best tariff can help reduce fuel poverty, as can energy efficiency improvements. Installing local renewable energy technologies can help limit the impact of increases in energy prices.

Reducing Energy Use

Reducing the amount of energy used also helps to mitigate the severity of climate change, which is another priority for London boroughs. Action is needed to reduce carbon emissions (mitigation) but also to prepare London's residents, businesses and visitors for the consequences of climate change (adaptation). Read more on our Energy Efficiency page. 

Energy and Climate Change Committee's call for priorities

In August 2015 London Councils responded to the Energy and Climate Change Committee's call for suggestions on the issues that it should be holding the Government to account on in the next 12 months and over the current parliament.  Our response suggested that the committee may want to investigate the impact of the decision not to implement the Zero Carbon Homes Standard, the decision to charge Climate Change Levy on renewable energy, the proposal to review Feed in Tariffs, proposed changes to Vehicle Excise Duty and progress on making it easier for people to switch energy providers.

Climate Change Adaptation

We also support London's authorities to prepare for the future effects of climate change, including delivering on the National Adaptation Programme and associated Cities’ Commitment. We are a member of the London Climate Change Partnership. Read more on our Climate Change page

Heat

Electricity has dominated energy policy, but around half of all energy consumed in the UK is for heat, and this will needs to be addressed if the UK, and London, are to meet decarbonisation targets. District heat networks currently have a market penetration of 2 per cent in the UK. This figure has changed little over the last 44 years. London Councils submitted a response to the Government's consultation on the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP).