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This report provides recommendations for the development of proposals for future policies at EU, national and local level regarding energy efficiency and use of renewable energy in buildings, urban development and sustainable communities in general. It is designed as a reference manual on key findings from CONCERTO, an EU-funding programme supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at neighbourhood level within 58 sites in 23 countries. The projects have been analysed regarding their CO2-reduction, energy efficiency and use of renewable energy.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a report and illustrated guide demonstrating how tackling climate change can also help address some of the economic and social challenges facing the UK. The report’s authors argue that, while addressing climate change is important in its own right, taking action can also help to address some of the greatest challenges facing the UK.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 10:30 to 16:00

Winchester, UK

Behave 2014 Energy Conference

By Bridget Elliott on 5th August 2014
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 09:00 to Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 17:45

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK

Over recent years, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the importance of nature for human health and wellbeing. Research has shown that separation from nature is implicated in declining physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing. A special issue on ‘Health Benefits of Nature’ has been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

One of the greatest challenges facing environmental policy-makers is encouraging people to behave more sustainably. A recent study highlighted by Science for Environment Policy argues that there is little evidence to suggest that information campaigns alone can actually persuade people to make long-term behavioural changes. A better strategy may be to combine good information with knowledge of how people make decisions, nudging them towards sustainable choices.

Kingston University ‘Smart Communities’ report

By Bridget Elliott on 24th June 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

The final report of the Kingston University Smart Communities project was launched at a one day event at the British Academy on Wednesday 11th June, 2014. In broad terms, the project findings support the contemporary policy focus on demand-side action, community energy and energy consumption feedback. At the same time, the project highlights the long term and challenging nature of these strategies, and the implications of this for funding.

A new guidance document has been released, which for the first time, brings together in one place examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. Published by Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, the report sets the planning context in the four nations, and provides the background to community food growing. The bulk of the report is structured around the different issues that food growing helps to address, from sustainability to residential amenity via health and wellbeing, green infrastructure, regeneration and many other agendas.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:00 to 14:00

British Academy, London

Local authorities are important partners for energy suppliers in delivering measures to consumers, and helping them cut energy use and bills. Energy UK has assembled a short booklet, called ‘Local Authority Paths to Energy Efficiency Projects’, which is designed to help local authorities interested in setting up domestic energy efficiency projects within their communities that have not yet built relationships with suppliers.