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We talk all-electric cities in London

On the 18th of March our Chancery Lane office held an event on our recent white paper ‘Powering Ahead – Fast Track to an All-Electric City’ in the latest in the WSP Breakfast Club series.


Our WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff panellists Barny Evans and Rupert Green were joined by representatives from UK Power Networks and the Greater London Authority and spoke to a room full of our co-professionals about the white paper.

Barny Evans, author of the report, presented the findings and outlined the enormous potential benefits of city wide electrification by 2035 which include the following:

  • CO2 emissions could be reduced by two-thirds compared to ‘business as usual’.
  • Noise disturbance would be significantly reduced from road traffic.
  • Air quality would be improved as NO2 emissions would be reduced by 37% in 2035 compared to business as usual, and localised emissions of PM10 (i.e. dust) by up to 20% on some of our busiest roads, such as Oxford Street.

You can see Barny’s presentation in full here.

Rupert Green focused on the benefits of integrating urban energy systems and concluded this approach would help in three ways:

  • Smarter control of energy demand
  • New tariff structures and revenue models would be put in place
  • Improved resilience

You can see Rupert’s presentation in full here.

Michael Clark, programme director at UK Power Network, joined our panellists to give the view of local electrical district network operators. Michael commented on the uncertainty of the amount and types of electrical demand over the next ten years, but suggested that introducing electric vehicles would be less problematic than installing electric heating due to the energy required from the network. You can see Michael’s presentation in full here.

Principal policy and programmes officer at the Greater London Authority (GLA), Daniel Barrett, discussed the GLA’s plans in this area, including the new London Energy Plan. He emphasised the need to work together with business and other stakeholders to map out the opportunities for heat and power generation. You can see Daniel’s presentation in full here.

Watch Barny Evans discuss the all-electric city vision with UK head of acoustics Martin Raisborough in the video below.


For more information please see our dedicated webpage or contact Barny Evans.