London 2036: A changing environment

By 2036 London's population will be over 10 million people, at the same time climate change predictions suggest an increase in summertime temperatures of 3°C and a reduction in summer rainfall of up to 20 per cent.

How will we meet resource demands under these pressures?

How will our city management decisions affect the extent of environment impact?

How is NERC science supporting the solutions?

Working with the Future Cities Catapult on their London 2036 city-visions gaming model we explore London's changing environment and the role of natural science in securing our future.

The Future Cities Catapult London 2036 exhibit, at the Somerset House Big Bang Data, showcases how our decisions on housing, transport and resources might change London's urban fabric and use their model to map out your own vision for our capital city.

Do you have what it takes to create a healthy, sustainable and prosperous city for London's growing population?


By 2036 London's population is expected to increase by 16 per cent rising to over 10 million people. Meaning 236 mega-litres per day more water and 650 000 more homes are needed.

How will we meet these needs?


Under climate change scenarios summer temperatures in London are expected to increase while rainfall is expected to decrease by up to 20 per cent by mid 21st century.

How will we cope with this?

More about climate

Green infrastructure

By 2036 the Mayor of London wants to increase green infrastructure by 10 per cent.

Why is a green landscape important for London?

More about green infrastructure

Water Supply

In a dry year London is already struggling to meet the water demand for its people and industry.

How will new water resources for London be supplied and how can we lower demand?

Read the UK Water Partnership's Water and Cities thought piece 4 MB pdf


About 76 per cent of London's heat demand could be met using secondary energy sources such as ground heat or heat from sewage treatment works.

How can we harness this energy?

Read London's report on secondary heat


Contact Stephanie Bricker for more information.