London’s Low Carbon Zones programme: did it work?
CSE crunches the numbers
1 October 2014
The Mayor of London's Low Carbon Zones programme, RE:CONNECT, aimed to decrease carbon emissions by 20% in 10 varied London neighbourhoods between 2009 and 2012.
The Greater London Authority asked CSE to analyse the results, and the figures are now in.
We found that three (almost four) of the Zones achieved the 20% target, that retrofitting social housing, hospitals and leisure centres was a good way to get results, and that additional funding was needed to make a big impact. The programme was reported to have had other positive effects too, like building links between community groups and local authorities.
Our analysis also showed that doing home energy assessments with householders was a good way to engage with them, inspire changes in their behaviour, and lead to installing simple energy saving home improvements.
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