ACE Research, at the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is undertaking a research project for the Greater London Authority (GLA). The project is to develop a concise and accessible report on how to extend and implement Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) across housing tenures.

In London, the declaration of a climate emergency has been translated into an ambition to reach net zero by 2030. In addition to existing MEES standards in the large and ever increasing Private Rented Sector (PRS) in the capital, the Mayor has called for MEES policy to be expanded into social and owner-occupied tenures.    

This research takes place at a pivotal time for UK energy policy in housing. With the declarations of climate emergencies and a plethora of policy announcements and consultations recently announced or due in the coming months there is a real sense of opportunity.  

As part of this project, ACE Research is looking at policy drivers, barriers to energy retrofit uptake and enforcement, and the environmental, economic and social impacts of such policies, as well as the potential delivery models and governance structures that could be used to extend MEES to other tenures.

We are seeking feedback from local government officers to understand resourcing levels, capacity and political ambition to facilitate retrofit in housing and barriers to uptake and enforcement that are specific to their local area.

The information collected from this survey will be analysed and reviewed by the ACE Research team and the GLA. Any information detailed in our report will be anonymised.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Steph Hacker (steph.hacker@theade.co.uk)

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* 1. Name of local authority:

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* 2. Details of the respondent:

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* 3. Type of local authority:

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* 4. Has your authority declared a climate emergency?

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* 5. Does your authority have a current carbon reduction strategy and action plan focusing on domestic properties?

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* 6. If yes to Q5, does this strategy cover all tenures?

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* 7. If no to Q5, are you planning to develop one?

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* 8. Do you have support for such activities from elected members?

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* 9. Do you have support for such activities from senior management?

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* 10. Does your authority directly manage social housing in your area?

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* 11. What scheme(s) has your local authority implemented or is planning to implement in support of energy retrofit within domestic properties? If you are not planning to implement any scheme(s) or only across one tenure, please enter ‘N/A’

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* 12. Are you involved in any programmes that cover multiple housing tenures? If yes, please could you provide a high-level summary of this activity, including what tenures these programmes cover?

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* 13. What businesses, charities, third sector organisations or other stakeholders do you work with to deliver such scheme(s)?

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* 14. What are the most important drivers required to achieve net zero? Please add any comments about your choice(s).

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* 15. Please can you rank what you think are the key barriers to retrofit in your area below? (1 being the most important barrier, 5 being the least important)

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* 16. What resources do you have to deliver action in domestic retrofit? Please provide an indication of roles (broken down by FTE), across the housing tenures.

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* 17. Has your area chosen to actively enforce MEES?

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* 18. Please can you rank the key barriers to enforcement of MEES in your area below? (1 being the most important barrier, 5 being the least important)

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* 19. If MEES were extended to other tenures, what support would you need to ensure this could be delivered in your area?

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* 20. Do you think extending MEES to other tenures would be a useful mechanism for?

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* 21. Do you have any concerns around the extension of MEES into other tenures?

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* 22. Would you want the standard and trajectory for MEES to be set at a national or local level?

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* 23. Do you support the broad principal of extending MEES to other tenures?

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* 24. Any other feedback you’d like to provide that isn’t covered by the questions above?

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