Greater London Authority,Private Rented Sector
The need for a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard
It is a shocking fact that hundreds of thousands of London’s renters are shivering in damp, draughty homes they can’t afford to heat. This problem could be solved by effective minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rented sector – but national standards are weak and difficult to enforce, leaving households at the mercy of their landlords.
ACE is asking the next Mayor to stand up for London’s renters and pledge to introduce a London-wide minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes, of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2025. See our full ask here.
Fuel Poverty,Greater London Authority,London
Figures and tables illustrating the challenge of tackling fuel poverty
(commissioned by the Greater London Authority)
The challenge posed by fuel poverty in London is different in nature to other regions of the country. The Greater London Authority commissioned the ACE Research Team, Impetus Consulting, Richard Moore and the Centre for Sustainable Energy to understand and illustrate the nature of the problem in order to inform London’s new Housing, and Climate Change and Energy Strategies.
Using the Government’s definition of fuel poverty around 10 per cent of London’s households are classed as fuel poor. However, when higher housing costs are taken into account, this rises to 24 per cent of London’s households. If the additional income requirements that larger families need for them to enjoy the same quality of life as those single or in smaller families, 36 per cent of London’s householders are classed as experiencing fuel poverty, with the majority of the increase in households with children under the age of 16 years.