The Department of Energy and Climate Change has published the latest Housing Energy Fact File. It shows that energy use in homes has changed profoundly since 1970. Despite big increases in the demand for energy services (dishwashers, microwaves, IT, phone chargers, audio equipment and so on), and higher internal temperatures, energy use per household has actually fallen - by nearly a fifth. Renewable energy has also grown considerably: offshore wind grew 700-fold from 2003 to 2012, and the UK now generates more electricity from offshore wind than hydro-electric plants.
The latest In-depth Report from Science for Environment Policy presents an overview of research into social innovation, with special consideration for its environmental implications. In the report, case studies illustrating how social innovation has taken place in real-world settings are presented, from urban beekeeping in Copenhagen to pedal-powered distribution in Paris and community farming in London.
The study presented in this journal article responds to increasing interest from government and industry in the potential for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technologies to play a part in decarbonisation. Involving a series of focus groups held with lay-citizens in London in 2012, the article highlights how people with little previous exposure to CCS technology, frame and discuss it, and how in the absence of information, ideas, notions, values and experiences shape opinion.
A summary of bullet points from the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) reported in the last edition of the mailing is now available. The meeting which took place from 6-10 January 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, addressed a range of topics including: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; and climate change and disaster risk reduction.