Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments Guidance

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Consultations Closing: 15 January 2021

  • Please ensure your consultation comments are submitted on this site following the survey format. This will help us analyse your comments more efficiently
  • If you have suggested changes to the guidance in a tracked change format – please email those changes to the project email WholeLifeCarbonLPG@london.gov.uk, stating clearly your name and/or organisation especially if you are already registered and submitting other comments on our consultation site. This will help us link up your submissions.
  • Any questions – please email the project email and one of our team will come straight back to you.

The consultation closes at 23.59 on 15 January 2021. Thanks for participating.

The Mayor is committed to London becoming a zero-carbon city. This will require reduction of all greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the most prominent.

Whole Life-Cycle Carbon emissions are the carbon emissions resulting from the construction and the use of a building over its entire life, including its demolition and disposal. This draft guidance provides information on how to prepare an assessment of carbon emissions in order to fully capture a development’s carbon impact.

The guidance will apply to planning applications referred to the Mayor of London, however the assessment is encouraged for all major applications. The data provided by WLC assessments will inform future policy by showing where action can be taken to further reduce emissions.

The guidance is aimed at planning applicants, developers, designers, energy consultants and local authority officers. It includes an assessment template which applicants will be expected to use. The guidance and the template can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

What has happened so far

The draft guidance has been developed with technical expertise from Cundall and Targeting Zero and through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including developers and industry experts.

The draft guidance was published for information in April 2020. This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly different structure; however, the processes and methodologies set out in the guidance remain the same.


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How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessment guidance. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will be running a consultation event on the technical aspects of the guidance aimed at developers, architects, housing associations, environmental or planning consultants, and industry professionals. This will be a joint event which will also focus on the technical aspects of the Be Seen Energy Monitoring guidance.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email WholeLifeCarbonLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.


A construction site showing modular construction with a panel being lifted by a crane to fit one side of a building.


Consultations Closing: 15 January 2021

  • Please ensure your consultation comments are submitted on this site following the survey format. This will help us analyse your comments more efficiently
  • If you have suggested changes to the guidance in a tracked change format – please email those changes to the project email WholeLifeCarbonLPG@london.gov.uk, stating clearly your name and/or organisation especially if you are already registered and submitting other comments on our consultation site. This will help us link up your submissions.
  • Any questions – please email the project email and one of our team will come straight back to you.

The consultation closes at 23.59 on 15 January 2021. Thanks for participating.

The Mayor is committed to London becoming a zero-carbon city. This will require reduction of all greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the most prominent.

Whole Life-Cycle Carbon emissions are the carbon emissions resulting from the construction and the use of a building over its entire life, including its demolition and disposal. This draft guidance provides information on how to prepare an assessment of carbon emissions in order to fully capture a development’s carbon impact.

The guidance will apply to planning applications referred to the Mayor of London, however the assessment is encouraged for all major applications. The data provided by WLC assessments will inform future policy by showing where action can be taken to further reduce emissions.

The guidance is aimed at planning applicants, developers, designers, energy consultants and local authority officers. It includes an assessment template which applicants will be expected to use. The guidance and the template can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

What has happened so far

The draft guidance has been developed with technical expertise from Cundall and Targeting Zero and through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, including developers and industry experts.

The draft guidance was published for information in April 2020. This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly different structure; however, the processes and methodologies set out in the guidance remain the same.


Solar powered roofing on top of a residential developmentDrawing of a crane lifting a recycling symbol against a blurred green foliage background.


How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessment guidance. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will be running a consultation event on the technical aspects of the guidance aimed at developers, architects, housing associations, environmental or planning consultants, and industry professionals. This will be a joint event which will also focus on the technical aspects of the Be Seen Energy Monitoring guidance.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email WholeLifeCarbonLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our survey below.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.