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British energy challenge: the power of London

How can we meet London's energy needs?

By Prospect Team  

The journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow chaired the discussion

This article was produced in association with The Department of Energy and Climate Change


On Wednesday the 14th of January 2015, the Department for Energy and Climate Change and Prospect organised a public discussion on the energy challenge currently facing London and the UK more widely. The discussion was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow who was joined by food critic Jay Rayner, comedian Shappi Khorsandi, Dr. Tom Counsell from DECC and Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor of London’s Senior Advisor for Environment and Energy.

What followed was an engaging and lively debate with live polling, lots of audience participation and some interesting mythbusting about how London and the UK can ensure that we continue to meet energy demand whilst reducing carbon emissions.

You can read the main points raised by Jon Snow and the rest of the panel here You can also see some examples of how the British Energy Challenge partners are going about meeting the energy challenge:

Crystal clean energy efficiency (Siemens)

Beneath our feet: London’s energy tunnels (National Grid)

A new way of keeping warm (EDF Energy)

A fair wind for London (Dong Energy)

If you’d like to find out more about the British Energy Challenge and how you can get involved, we’d love to hear from you. Please email


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