Energy and sustainability

What the council is doing?

Newham is in the top five local authority areas when it comes to the number of public plug-in points for every thousand electric vehicles licensed.

"We know air pollution is one of the greatest threats to public health so it is absolutely vital we move away from fossil fuels like petrol and diesel as quickly as possible", Cllr James Asser. Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways & Sustainable Transport.

There are 26 public places already available to charge an electric or hybrid vehicle. The council is due to roll out 80 new charging points across the borough by the end of the year.

To express an interest in having chargers installed near where you live, send us an email at

Transport: The population in London is predicted to grow to more than 11 million people by 2050. This increase will further burden the already strained environment, housing, healthcare, and transport infrastructure across the capital.

The concept of sustainable transportation is generally recognised as 'green' and has a low impact on the environment. At Newham, we believe that sustainable transport is also a transport system that makes a positive contribution to equality and positively benefits social and economic communities it serves. We are working to build a transport system that not only has a low impact on the environment, but it also balanced and accommodates all groups of people, including children and the elderly.

We are also reducing emissions from council fleets, including a switch to zero-emission vehicles. Fleet services have just been accredited 'Clean Van Commitment' status, and we are committed to a full electric van fleet by 2028. You can find out more about the Clean Van Commitment on the global action plan website.

You can read more about developments and strategies to improve sustainable transport infrastructure in Newham on our sustainable transport page.

Buildings: Newham is reviewing its Local Plan 2018 and looking into adopting technical standards and requirements set by the Draft London Plan, as well as new housing design standards for new-build, private and council housing set out in the London Plan and relevant Supplementary Planning Guidance. These include:

Energy planning GLA guidance: Developments should be configured to maximise the use of natural and waste energy sources, including sunlight/ daylight and (where feasible) ground/air/water/waste heat, were otherwise acceptable in terms of environmental impacts. All development is encouraged to incorporate Smart Meter technology that allows occupants to monitor and manage their energy usage.

Developers must use heat mapping and energy masterplans to identify heat network opportunities. Support is available from the Government's Heat Network Delivery Unit and the GLA’s Decentralised Energy Enabling Project (DEEP).

The council supports and encourages building stock improvements, using support from the London Mayor's Energy for Londoners programmes, RE:FIT and RE:NEW

Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a nationally recognised method to assess and improve the sustainability performance of non-residential development. For residential developments, this is directed by the London Plan Zero Carbon standard.

All homes bought, sold or rented require an Energy Performance Certificate.

If you are entering a new tenancy, the certificate should be provided by your landlord.  An Energy Performance Certificate gives information on how to make your home more energy-efficient and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

For applications and planning permissions, please see our dedicated page for Planning, Development and Conservation, as well as Newham Local Plan and the London Plan to make sure you comply with regulations and requirements prior to submitting your application.