Can we design a 2030 net zero neighbourhood in Poplar, East London?

We’re excited to be working with Poplar HARCA and URBED on a new action plan for the Poplar area of Tower Hamlets. The project, called Poplar Green Futures is aimed at helping everyone who lives, works or plays in Poplar contribute to lowering carbon emissions.

The project and our partners  

In partnership with Poplar HARCA & URBED we’re working on a 6-month community design project.

Over 50 residents and organisations working on low carbon projects have gotten involved in workshops, and we’ve reached out to local businesses and also the local youth forum.

The project is supported by the Mayor of London’s ‘Future Neighbourhood’ programme, Aberfeldy LLP and Chrisp Street Developments Ltd.

It forms a part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets’ Net Zero Carbon Partnership.

The aim?

1. Help everyone who lives, works or plays in Poplar to take action and benefit from climate-friendly projects.

 2. Guide Poplar HARCA’s efforts in supporting the local transition to a low carbon future

The obstacles to overcome?

Poplar faces considerable challenges in transitioning to a greener future:

  • Ensure existing inequalities aren’t made worse in the face of the cost of living crisis: the rise in domestic fuel bills puts those most vulnerable to climate change at risk. Responding to this is a core priority for everyone involved in the project.
  • Regeneration and local housing
  • Transport and air quality
  • Encouraging recycling and reducing waste
  • Improving energy efficiency and local energy generation

How we are working?

All of the topics above are being explored with community members, many are tenants of Poplar Harca, but anyone with an interest can and has been encouraged to take part. As well as engaging with local businesses, stakeholders and influencers (such as planners, architects and developers).  We’re also reviewing Poplar’s current emissions and policies within these areas, to see whether they are effective.

We’ll be sharing ideas about what has worked well elsewhere in similar neighbourhoods, look at what’s happening locally that could be developed further, and we’re working hard to involve as many people as possible in conversations.


As the project evolves, we’ll be posting further information on our website and via social, so make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

In the meantime… you can visit the Poplar Green Futures website for an overview.

If you’d like to talk to us about developing something like this in your neighbourhood, please contact us