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New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion by 2050. The report offers numerous examples of cities that have achieved or can achieve economic benefits from green investments and demonstrates how doing so could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 09:30 to 13:00

Manchester, UK

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 12:00 to 15:00

Bristol, UK

Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 08:30 to 13:00

London, UK

A recent open-access article in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers explores the relationship between the built environment and everyday domestic practices. Drawing on ideas from carbon governance and social practices, the authors study the deliberations on zero carbon housing policy in the UK. They reveal a sharp distinction in the governance of domestic carbon between those that construct and those that live in zero carbon houses.

This report describes the issues and themes raised during a series of three workshops, which explored the relationship between the design of the built environment and human behaviour. Each workshop addressed the three following areas: energy, water and waste; health and wellbeing; and performance and productivity. The report is published by the Royal Academy of Engineering and has been supported by experts from a range of organisations and disciplines.

Urban Innovation Centre- UK City Analytics Conference 2015

By Bridget Elliott on 29th July 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 09:30 to 16:00

London, UK

A recent journal article considers whether sustainability measures constrain creativity in urban design. The paper argues that sustainability assessment methods do have something to contribute to creativity and innovation in urban design precisely because they encourage engagement with challenging and often complex societal priorities.

Innovate UK (previously known as the Technology Strategy Board) yesterday launched the final report of the Design for Future Climate: Adapting Buildings (D4FC) programme. The report is a culmination of £5M funding and 4 years of work by up to 240 companies on £4.2BN of capital projects across England and Wales. The report analyses the drivers that affect the market for professional building design services to ready buildings for the changing climate. It also develops the business case for adaptation to move from niche research to mainstream.

A recent report published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) provides guidance on science, technology and innovation-related policies and practices that can lead to sustainable urbanisation. The report details how cities that prioritise sustainable growth patterns can improve employment and competitiveness, enhance social cohesion and create a healthy and liveable urban environment.

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