|Event: Leaseholders and Refurbishment – overcoming the legal, practical and policy challenges
Partners: Oxford University Faculty of Law
Date: 30 June 2017
The theme for this event was the challenge for social housing providers in working with private leaseholders to undertake refurbishment projects – particularly installing energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. The meeting discussed issues around the terms of leases which often make it hard for works to proceed, and focused on the proposals for leasehold reform that Future Climate and others have developed. The meeting also addressed the financial, communication and engagement issues that can make it difficult for leaseholders to pay for measures and lead to conflict between social landlords and leaseholders.
|Project: Introducing smart meters to shared houses
Partners: Smart Energy GB
Date: December 2016
Future Climate worked with Smart Energy GB, to support HMO (houses in multiple occupation – shared houses) landlords and tenants in benefiting from the Smart Meter roll out. We also worked with council officers to help them reach HMO tenants and landlords. Our project is part of Smart Energy GB’s work to ensure everyone in Great Britain hears about smart meters and knows how to use them to get their gas and electricity under control.
|Project: Future-proofing Flats: overcoming legal barriers to energy improvements in private blocks of flats
Partners: Oxford University, Westminster City Council and TLT Solicitors
Date: June 2015
Older private flats have some of the worst energy efficiency levels and we identified a range of steps that could be taken to address the complex legal barriers to their improvements – how do we get freeholders and leaseholders working together to make improvements? A report, Future-proofing Flats, was produced and we are currently working with our partners to take the recommendations further.
|Project: Consumer Experiences of Solar PV
Client/Funder: Citizens Advice
Date: June 2015
Future Climate, in partnership with Purple Market Research, carried out research to better understand the consumer experiences of purchasing and using solar PV. The research included a specific focus on social housing tenants and their experience of living with this technology. The project involved desk research, stakeholder discussions, quantitative research and stakeholder workshops.A final report was published, A review of consumer experience of solar PV systems, which informed the Citizens Advice policy report Staying FiT.
|Project: The co-ordination of climate finance in the UK
Client/Funder: Overseas Development Institute
Date: December 2014
Future Climate produced a case study of UK institutional and policy arrangements for low carbon investment to inform ODI’s input into Green Climate Fund negotiations. The project comprised qualitative interviews with key stakeholders, desk research, analysis and synthesis.The final report, Co-ordination of climate finance in the UK, was published by ODI.
|Project: Houses in multiple occupation: Energy Issues and Policy
Client/Funder: Eaga Charitable Trust
Date: August 2013 to May 2014
Future Climate, in partnership with the University of Manchester’s Centre for Urban Resilience and Energy, undertook an extensive study to understand how houses in multiple occupation are treated in energy efficiency and fuel poverty policy and practice. The project entailed an extensive academic and grey literature review, one-to-one interviews with government, NGOs, industry and local government stakeholders, and analysis of official housing data.
|Project: Innovative Consumer Tariffs – Case Study of Lessons from Energy
Client/Funder: RPS Group and Water Company
Date: July 2014
Future Climate worked with RPS Group to produce an internal report on innovative tariffs for a major water company in England. Future Climate led on the energy side of the research, which focussed on the lessons the water industry could take from the experiences of the energy industry in introducing new tariffs for consumers.
|Project: Green Deal and ECO in the Private Rented Sector
Client/Funder: DECC, London Landlords Accreditation Scheme and London Borough of Camden
Date: January 2013 to March 2014
Future Climate developed and implemented a pilot project to increase awareness and uptake of Green Deal in the private rented sector in London and the South East.Future Climate developed and delivered the project, with support from stakeholders, focussing on working with landlords, local authorities and tenants through targeted training, show-homes, incentives for Green Deal Assessments, and guidance and support materials.
|Project: Low Income High Consumption Households
Date: October 2013 to December 2013
Future Climate undertook an analysis of fuel poverty definitions, programme targeting and efficacy, and policy impact with a particular focus on the c17% of households who are considered to have above median energy consumption and below median income. The research was used to inform Which?’s policy and advocacy activity on fuel poverty and energy tariffs.
|Project: Analysis of F and G Rated Homes in the Private Rented Sector
Client/Funder: Residential Landlords Association
Date: February 2013
Future Climate undertook an analysis of a range of typical F and G rated private rented house types, the measures needed and costs of achieving a minimum E-rating.
|Project: ECO and fuel poverty
Client: British Gas / Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
Date: October 2012 to December 2012
Future Climate worked with IPPR and Jan Rosenow of Oxford University on research into the implications of supplier obligations on fuel poor households. The results were published in a well-received report, Energy Efficiency: who pays and who benefits?, attracting considerable news coverage in most of the major newspapers.Future Climate advised IPPR on the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation, undertaking the stakeholder research and co-authoring the final report and recommendations.
|Project: Review of Fuel Poverty Policy and Programmes in Great Britain
Date: February 2012 to March 2012
Future Climate undertook a review of 15 different fuel poverty policy, funding and delivery programmes in place in the nations of the UK, critiquing them against a range of criteria. The review also looked at how the policies, particularly in England, could be improved within existing regulatory and funding constraints.
|Project: Sustainable consumption in the UK
Date: June 2012 to February 2013
Future Climate conducted desk research and stakeholder interviews to prepare a selection of case studies on sustainable consumption in the UK. The research was part of the project Implementing Sustainable Consumption in Civil Society of Urban China, which was funded through the European Commission’s Switch-Asia Programme and led by the University of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Beijing. The report, Sustainable Consumption in the UK: a selection of case studies, was published by IPPR.