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Powering Our Lives: Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment

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The Project findings were launched on 26 November 2008. The final Project Report together with the evidence base for the Project, including scientific reviews, is available from the reports and publications page.


The aim of the Foresight Powering our Lives: Sustainable Energy Management and the Built Environment Project was to explore how the UK built environment could evolve to help manage the transition over the next five decades to secure, sustainable, low carbon energy systems that meet the needs of society, the requirements of the economy, and the expectations of individuals.

The Project has used the best available scientific evidence to develop four scenarios around the future of sustainable energy management and the built environment, outlining some major areas of future uncertainty as well as potential future challenges and opportunities.

Project Outputs:

The following are available from the "reports and publications" page.

  • An Executive Summary detailing the Project's key findings.
  • The final Project Report including an analysis of possible interventions and strategic options.
  • The Futures Report
  • A plan of engagement with leading stakeholders.
  • The Project scientific reviews.
  • A Reveal giving a short overview of the project scenarios

Project Oversight:

  • RT Hon Margaret Beckett, MP sponsored the Project.
  • Professor John Beddington, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government was the Project Director.
  • Professor Yvonne Rydin, Professor of Planning, Environment and Public Policy, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London and Co-Director, University College of London Environment Institute, chaired the Project's Lead Expert Group, who advised on the technical content and key issues to address, and helped ensure that the highest quality science is used in the work. For a full list of the Lead Expert Group please follow this link

The Project has been advised by a High Level Stakeholder Group chaired by the Minister for Housing and Planning - Communites and Local Government.