London retrofit gets £12m boost

London Mayor Boris Johnson is giving a £12m boost to his programme to retrofit buildings across the capital. The Mayor’s retrofitting programme consists of investment through the London Green Fund, and development support through the Mayor’s RE:FIT (for public buildings) and RE:NEW (for homes) schemes.

A further £11.5m – comprising £10m from the European Regional Development Fund and £1.5m generated in interest – is being made available by the London Green Fund for retrofitting activities. This new investment will go into the London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF), which invests in projects to install carbon saving technologies and improve energy performance.

Projects already under way under the retrofitting programme include:

  • Transformation of St George’s Hospital, Tooting, with a £12m investment in measures that will reduce energy output by 39% and cut over 6,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per annum
  • A £20m investment to help retrofit 30 civic buildings including schools and libraries in Croydon
  • A £7m project to create a communal gas heating network in Hackney to replace expensive individual electric heating in more than 800 homes across 10 blocks of social housing, reducing energy bills by 56%
  • The Lee Valley Heat Network
  • The installation of low-carbon heat and cooling systems across the Tate’s London estate – including, the Tate Modern, Tate Britain and its local storage facilities – to achieve a 25% annual energy saving and a 45% reduction in the Tate Modern’s gas consumption.

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