Research produced this week for the RICS has warned that Britain must cut energy use if it is to meet the government’s goal of cutting carbon emissions 60% by 2050.

The research, produced by sustainability consultant Brook Lyndhurst, shows that the target is impossible to meet by changes in electricity generation – London would need either 25 nuclear power stations, 17,000 wind turbines or 530 million photovoltaic roofs, assuming energy use remains constant.

The research also looks at how reducing carbon emissions would affect Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester – the main party conference venues.