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Healthy Buildings: The Role of Products

By Editor on 13th January 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 13:30 to 17:30

UCL, London

In the aftermath of storm Desmond, this report by Climate Outreach (formerly COIN) can be seen as being of particular relevance.

Three linked technical reports recently published by the European Environment Agency look at resource efficiency issues in urban areas.  They analyse the challenges faced by cities and some solutions developed to meet these, including governance and finding ways of engaging society in the decision-making process.

Urban sustainability issues – what is a resource efficient city? introduces the concept of urban metabolism, the circular model and the role of compactness in urban resource efficiency

EVALUATE is a five-year European Research Council funded project which aims to investigate the manner in which urban institutional structures, built tissues and everyday practices shape energy vulnerability at a variety of geographical scales.

Adaptation Scotland recently launched two projects – Climate Ready Places and also the Climate Ready Biosphere Vision and Action Plan, produced in conjunction with Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere.

Researchers in the Netherlands analysed ten innovative techniques in road infrastructure in order to develop an insight for policy makers and researchers on their potential impact for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. 

Towards a Smart Energy City: mapping a path for Bristol

By Editor on 2nd December 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

Bristol, UK

The Centre for Sustainable Energy, which leads the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration, is holding a seminar to share the initial road map and proposed key next steps for 2016 towards Bristol’s ambitions to become the UK’s first smart energy city.

Urban Indicators for Sustainable Cities

By Editor on 25th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

Urban sustainability indicators are tools that allow planners, managers and policymakers to gauge the socio-economic and environmental impact of existing urban designs, infrastructures, policies, waste disposal systems, pollution and citizens’ access to services. They allow cities to monitor the success of sustainability interventions.

Two years on from the wettest winter on record, a new report identifies nine principles for communicating about flooding in a changing climate. It is a collaboration between Climate Outreach and Cardiff University, supported by the ESRC, the Climate Change Consortium of Wales and the Sustainable Places Research Institute. The findings of the report are the result of a workshop which brought together key voices on communicating flood risks including 27 climate scientists, social scientists, representatives from major NGOs and national policy-makers who have endorsed the report.

‘Projections of future flood risk in the UK’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

This report considers projections of future flood risk for the UK. It finds that significant additional investment and adaptation action will be needed to counter the increase in UK flood risk projected under a 2°C rise in global mean temperatures. It also finds that even the most ambitious adaptation scenarios will not be able to avoid the large increase in UK flood risk implied by a 4°C rise in global temperatures.