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Jenney Pidgeon

Do we have any chance of hitting London’s targets?

Last Thursday, at the Base London property event, alongside fellow commercial property panel members Munish Datta, head of property Plan A for M&S, Miles Keeping of Deloitte Real Estate and Matthew Tippett of Jones Lang LaSalle, I was asked to answer the question: Do we have any chance of hitting London’s targets?

Last Thursday, at the Base London property event, alongside fellow commercial property panel members Munish Datta, head of property Plan A for M&S, Miles Keeping of Deloitte Real Estate and Matthew Tippett of Jones Lang LaSalle, I was asked to answer the question: Do we have any chance of hitting London’s targets?

The Mayor of London has set an ambitious target to reduce London's carbon emissions by 60% by 2025. In response to this, City Hall has developed a number of low carbon programmes designed to make the Capital's built environment and infrastructure more energy and resource efficient. But the ultimate success of these programmes relies on the private sector to deliver at speed and scale.

Developers have become proficient at designing and constructing buildings to meet the current London target of a 25% improvement on Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) of the 2010 Building Regulations. Energy conservation and efficiency has been improved and we’re building less ‘leaky’ buildings with heating and cooling provided by efficient chillers and gas-fired CHP (combined heat and power). However, for planning applications submitted from October of this year, the carbon reduction target jumps up to 40%. Is it economically feasible to achieve this level of performance?

The Sustainable Buildings Group consultants within WSP Group believe that LEDs hold the answer. LEDs (light-emitting diodes) have been around for years – you see them everywhere from flashing bicycle lights to adorning Christmas trees. But it isn’t yet common for you to look up from your chair and see them lighting your office floor. That could be about to change, as the latest generation of LEDs finally begin to produce the quality and consistency of light that we demand for the occupiers of our new office developments. Could this be the light at the end of the tunnel?

Jenny Pidgeon is Director, Responsible Property Investment at Henderson