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11 July 2018

How we’re helping London to lead on climate change mitigation and energy efficiency

Climate change is an urgent global issue that demands sustained action at every level of society – a point emphasised by The Paris Agreement in 2015. In an ever more urbanised world, cities and local governments are key actors in delivering on The Paris Agreement’s aims. The Mayor of London has set an ambitious target for London to be a zero-carbon city by 2050.

The RE:NEW programme is the Mayor of London’s domestic energy efficiency programme to reduce emissions from our existing homes through energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Homes account for around 36 per cent of the capital’s total carbon footprint.

Capita’s Zero Carbon Housing Team, part of Capita Real Estate and Infrastructure, specialises in low carbon home retrofit programmes. Capita have been the lead delivery partner on the RE:NEW project since 2013. The Zero Carbon Team has been working closely with the Greater London Authority to design, develop and deliver the pan-London programme.

Through RE:NEW, our technical support team helps organisations such as London boroughs, housing associations and universities to implement retrofit projects and alleviate fuel poverty. The expert team provides the end to end support covering everything from property asset analysis to commercial business planning, technical feasibility studies, funding and procurement support.

Our project has worked with 70 housing organisations in London, each provided with a dedicated engagement manager to tailor and deliver support from a range of services, from low carbon technologies to marketing.

The impact

As of June 2018, the RE:NEW programme has supported the investment of over £130m in energy efficiency measures across 37,000 homes in the capital. Saving 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and reducing the energy costs of an estimated 4,500 fuel-poor households.

The programme has also supported the implementation of water saving measures in over 1,000 homes across London, delivering an annual water saving of 16,771 m3, which is equivalent to 16 million litre water bottles.

The social impacts include an estimated 2,100 person-years of employment being supported. In addition, Capita has supported capacity building and skills development, managing an industry newsletter, publishing leading research and a series of specialist learning events for asset managers in the housing industry.

The RE:NEW programme have recently been awarded the 'Energy Efficiency Project of the Year' award in the 2018 Business Green Leaders Awards. 

The awards recognise the UK's leading green businesses and the progress made by the green business community in recent years. The judges were impressed with the scale of the programmes ambition and the wide range of integrated services it is providing to deliver energy efficiency upgrades and clean tech deployments across the capital.

This is the fourth award for the programme in the last 24 months, with the programme being named “Best retrofit project of the year” in the 2016 SHIFT awards, and the “Large Scale Project of the year” at both the Greater London and the National Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Awards in June 2017 and October 2017 respectively.

These awards recognise the nature, scope and scale of programme and delivery team, as well as the impact the project has had within the local community.

This national award highlights the important work going on to tackle the major environmental and health issues caused by cold, damp and inefficient homes. Clearly there is a large amount of work happening around the country through numerous energy efficiency projects. To win against such stiff competition is a mark of the ambition and scale of the Mayor of London's RE:NEW programme and is another accolade which highlights the strength and dedication of Capita's Zero Carbon Team. The Greater London Authority and Capita have been working together to build our team of technical experts. Over the last four years we have worked with councils, social landlords and universities across London and are continually looking for new clients to support. We are very pleased to have been able to help our clients to improve the efficiency of their homes, reducing fuel bills and making London homes warmer and healthier places to live.

Jamie Abbott

RE:NEW programme director

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