Smart Sustainable Districts

A new heart for east London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the city’s newest, smartest and most sustainable park. We are making the most of our unique opportunity by collaborating with a range of partners to deliver smarter, more integrated sustainability solutions for the benefit of the Park and its surrounding communities.

Cities present sustainability challenges, and their size and complexity make it difficult to trial solutions flexibly. Recognising our role as a convener of a range of stakeholders, LLDC works closely with highly ambitious partners to identify innovative solutions to our sustainability and climate change challenges.

The London Mayor has declared a climate emergency, and prepared an associated action plan.  LLDC contributes to the realisation of the Mayor’s vision by ensuring sustainability is integral to its development and operation of the Park.  Additionally, LLDC is working to build on London’s strengths in cleantech, but also address prevailing barriers to developing, commercialising and scaling-up cleantech innovations.

We are trialling and supporting solutions which will have measurable environmental, social and economic benefits, these solutions will provide exemplars that can be replicated city-wide or in other districts.


 Areas of focus for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

We are focusing on the four key themes listed below, with each project designed to provide the evidence that the selected solutions can deliver ‘factor four’ improvement (twice the environmental impact for half the cost) and can be replicated in future projects across the world.

  • Resource Efficient Buildings - Focusing initially on the iconic London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena, this workstream will create tools and approaches to enable low cost, low energy, low environmental impact management and maintenance of future ready non-domestic buildings.
  • Energy Systems - The energy systems workstream will create an efficient, smart, low carbon, resilient energy ecosystem, with specific focal points including optimisation of district energy systems, community engagement and benefits and increased renewable energy generation.
  • Smart Park / Future Living - Implementing user facing digital and data solutions that deliver financial and CO2 efficiencies and prioritise quality of life improvements for those who live, work and visit the Park.
  • These are all underpinned by the fourth workstream, Data Architecture and Management - Implementing efficient and robust data management solutions that support the identification and trialling of innovative solutions and provide the foundation for improved Park operations, user experience and approaches that can be replicated by others, including through the London Data Store.



  • ENGIE uses its capabilities to help businesses by leading the UK’s transition to a more secure and sustainable future. Its strategy is based on investing in integrating our energy expertise with our broad services offer, and innovating in customer-led solutions and technologies. 

    ENGIE has been leading on the resource efficient buildings system to enable a solid understanding and optimisation of the venues with a focus on the Copper Box Arena and the London Aquatics Centre. This includes the utilisation of our C3ntinal team who create value through intelligent data analytics and smart dashboards. In addition we have developed our Energy systems to further improve efficient, smart low carbon, resilient energy ecosystem. 

  • Future Cities Catapult’s mission is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, to make cities better.  Bringing together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face. 

    From the Urban Innovation Centre in London ,Future Cities Catapult turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, help spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

    Future Cities Catapult has been working with the London Legacy Development Corporation to create an urban Internet of Things (IoT) demonstrator on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to show how IoT can solve urban challenges.  This includes drawing on the legacy of the 2012 Games of inspiring healthy living in all people by looking at how we may encourage healthier behaviour in and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as a network of connected sensors, applying new approaches to sensing an urban environment – from temperature and humidity to bat biodiversity.

  • Imperial College London, and particularly the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, provides expertise in the area of urban and socio-technical systems, looking at the integration of solutions and technologies around energy, water, mobility as well as behavioural change. Imperial provides mixed method approaches including system modelling and simulation as well as approaches from socio-technical transitions.

    In Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Smart Sustainable District Program, Imperial College is leading the collaboration between Climate-KIC and the Park. This involves contributing to the operation and optimisation of the Park’s district energy systems and the better operation of the Park’s venues, as well as the application of smart technologies to improve the efficiency and quality of life of its residents and visitors.

  • Intel Labs are investing in London Living Labs to deliver use case inspired basic research activity. Their mission is to demonstrate the compute fabric needed to support the design of an urban Internet of Things at city scale. Intel’s research explores how networks should evolve to sustain connected devices and the technologies required to process information in the network. We will be deploying a series of sensor networks using low cost, low power wide area communications to test and demonstrate their operation in the field.

    The focus of Intel’s living lab is Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where Intel have been working with stakeholders to identify use cases that allow us to test the technical challenges of delivering urban Internet of Things solutions, whilst also resolving the socio-economic issues of sustaining a long term installation.

  • The Smart Sustainable Districts programme (SSD) is supported by EIT Climate-KIC, a European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. 

    The European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) is an independent body of the European Union set up in 2008 to boost innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe. The EIT brings together leading higher education institutions, research labs and companies to form dynamic cross-border partnerships – Innovation Communities - that develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. EIT Climate-KIC is one of the three original Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) set up by the EIT to promote climate innovation.