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We are now at DEfLon 1…

March 2014: A paper presented at February’s GLA’s Investment & Performance Board sets out the Environment Team’s priorities for this year (2014/12). Amongst the range of initiatives being taken forward are a number targeted on energy:

  • Spatial energy masterplan – to identify where and what type of energy infrastructure is required to close the energy gap and provide London with a resilient and competitive energy system.
  • Decentralise energy for London – the DEfLon programme will focus on creating a pipeline of decentralised energy projects and overcoming market barriers to give access to the retail electricity market
  • Biodiesel from used cooking oil – to help decarbonise London’s bus fleet by using biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO) or other waste products.
  • Mayor’s Business Energy Challenge – advice and awards programme to support businesses saving money through improving energy efficiency.

The issue of a new ‘spatial energy masterplan’ for London is particularly interesting, and something discussed at in an earlier investment board meeting as part of the GLA’s work on developing the capital’s first Long Term Infrastructure Investment Plan.

The newly name DEfLon programme is likely to be a successor to the existing DEPDU support team which itself followed on from DEMaP, highlighting the importance of bringing forward decentralised energy projects in the capital.

A second paper presented to the Board provides detail on funding commitments for the Environment team. Amongst these is mention of £10k to continue updating the London Heat Map which also – interestingly – mentions that “The Heat Map has enabled £133m investment in on-site heat networks alone in 2012-13“.

The biodiesel report will most likely build on the findings of a study commissioned by the GLA in 2013 ‘The market for biodiesel production from used cooking oils and fats, oils and greases in London‘.

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Designing with data: shaping our future cities

November 2013: A new report undertaken by ARUP for RIBA sets out that we are now at the  “Dawn of a ‘smart era [where the]  vast quantities of data we produce is set to revolutionise the way we design and build our cities”. A series of case studies are set out in ‘Designing with data: shaping our future cities‘ which includes the London Heat Map:

“One of the key benefits of adopting a smart approach to data is the ability to see lots of datasets in context with each other, and to detect temporal and spatial patterns. This transparency saves time and cost by reducing the time needed to find and process key data. The London Heat Map is a case in point. The interactive tool developed by the Greater London Authority (GLA) allows people to identify opportunities for Decentralised Energy projects in London, such as Combined Heat and Power (CHP) or district heating networks. Public organisations, property developers, social landlords or investors can also use it to view spatial information that can help them identify and develop Distributed Energy opportunities, such as data on: major energy consumers, fuel consumption and carbon emissions,energy supply plants, community heating networks,and heat density. The London Heat Map will evolve overtime alongside the Decentralised Energy for London programme and become more useful and sophisticated as boroughs and other stakeholders start inputting more energy data into the map.”

The report goes on to quote Alan Shingler, Partner, Head of Sustainability, Sheppard Robson who states “smart data could help test the impact of likely building fabric improvements through the Government’s Green Deal or regeneration schemes, to show how the GLA’s Heat Map would adjust to these variables. The data could also be used to model the impact of new renewable energy generation and future development on the map. This would enable the creation of a resilient low carbon transition plan for London that would take into account a range of considerations….where Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is proposed, heat could be more freely shared with neighbouring residential developments, schools, or public buildings with a relatively high heat load.

Three recommendations are made in the report including one Energy for London strongly supports which is the greater ‘Digitisation the of the planning process’ where “Government should scope how it can standardise the digitisation of all information submitted for planning, and of standardising design data collection across local authorities. This public data should be open to unleash economic growth; and local authorities should be encouraged to use open data to inform local planning strategies.”

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Heat Maps produced for every London borough

June 2012: The London Heat Map project has now posted online heat map reports and datasets for every London borough. Information provided sets out that “The new heat maps are higher resolution with real heat consumption data for priority buildings such as hospitals, leisure centres and local authority buildings. As part of this work, each of the boroughs has developed implementation plans to help them take the decentralised energy opportunities identified to the next stages. The implementation plans include barriers and opportunities, actions to be taken by the council, key dates, personnel responsible.”

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Proposal for new Low Carbon Capital Workstreams

October 2011: A series of papers presented to the GLA Investment and Performance Board to seek approval for the Stage 2 Investment Decision to deliver three new Low Carbon Capital Programme work streams at a total cost of £360,000.

The paper – Low Carbon Capital Stage 2 –  sets out that:

“The Low Carbon Capital Programme seeks to build on the previous Low Carbon Capital work carried out by Ernst and Young for LDA [see previous posts here and here for further information] by carrying out three enabling projects that would lead to reductions in London’s CO2 emissions through energy efficiency and decentralised energy measures with an investment potential of up to £9.1bn:

i. Heat Map+: Creating green investment opportunities, job and skills. This work stream will generate a pipeline of decentralised energy (DE) and public sector retrofitting investment opportunities (RE:FIT) through the further development of the existing GLA Heat Map.

ii. Smart City – Intelligent Energy Integration: Public sector driving low carbon solutions and demonstrators. 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2050 with growing pressure on resources. Cities haveto become increasingly efficient and self-sufficient in energy. This project will specify how London’s energy infrastructure and consumers can intelligently adapt to changing demands to deliver environmental benefits and lower energy costs.

iii. Green Deal – London implementation: Making London’s size count by developing delivery models for use in London. London has over 3.2 million homes, a large-scale market opportunity, and Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation represent the main mechanisms for retrofitting its existing housing stock. This project will identify the most appropriate role for the public sector to play and then develop and test delivery models that will maximise retrofitting activity in London whilst creating economic opportunities for London’s businesses throughout the supply chain.”

Also available to download are the Heat Map appraisal application, the outline of financials for the project and a cost benefit of Heat Map+.

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Making a case for national heat mapping

1 June 2011: Article highlighting London’s Decentralised Energy Master Planning (DEMaP) programme, which has led to the production of the London Heat Map.

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London Heat Map Reports

15 February 2011Heat mapping reports for 19 London borough, produced in conjunction with boroughs under the LDA’s Decentralised Energy Master Planning (DEMaP) project.

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London Heat Map Reports

February 2011Heat mapping reports for 19 London boroughs produced under the LDA’s DEMaP programme.

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Decentralised Energy Masterplanning project gets RTPI praise

4 Feb 2011:The London Development Agency’s planning for decentralised energy master planning programme  (DEMaP) and London Heat Map have been commended at this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) awards. More here.

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