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A two-day workshop on sustainable consumption was recently held at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Its goal was to develop an understanding of innovative approaches to sustainable consumption by sharing and reflecting upon research and practice relevant to themes suggested by participants in recent SCORAI (Europe) workshops. A full workshop report has been produced, outlining the proceedings from the event.

Journal paper on the Household Electricity Survey

By Bridget Elliott on 11th November 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

This open-source paper analyses data from the Household Electricity Survey- a survey commissioned by DECC, in conjunction with Defra and the Energy Saving Trust. The survey is the most detailed survey of electricity consumption in UK homes ever undertaken and this analysis explores: why some households use far more energy than average, whereas others use much less; what potential there is for shifting ‘peak load’ so that electricity demand is more even through the day; and why base load electricity use is so high.

In this paper, the data and methods that have become available in recent decades for understanding the complex functioning of cities and their impact on sustainability are discussed. The authors differentiate between a dominant trend that concentrates on the accounting and allocation of greenhouse gas emissions and energy use to cities and a re-emergence of studies that focus on the direct and indirect material and resource flow. Furthermore, they give an overview of the methodological debates and examine the implications of the different approaches for policy.

The European Environment Agency's indicator report looks at the transition to a green economy with a focus on the global environmental impacts of the EU's production-consumption systems. The report's launch coincided with the Global Green Growth Forum, held in Copenhagen last week, where business leaders and decision makers discussed how changing production and consumption patterns can bring about green growth.

This article provides an overview of the international discussion on measuring resource use. It is shown how the MIPS concept, a tool for assessing and comparing the environmental impact of products and services, can be applied for assessing value chains, supporting business management, and operationalising sustainability strategies. The authors further demonstrate that the MIPS concept provides important insights regarding resource and energy use, and is thus suitable for supporting fact-based decision-making processes in science, policy, business and consumption.

Video on Nursing Sustainability by Design project

By Bridget Elliott on 26th September 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

At Plymouth University, the Sustainability, Society and Health Research Group have introduced scenarios to teach nurses and healthcare students about climate change and sustainability. For example nursing and design students work together to tackle issues of sustainability in the health sector. They participate in interdisciplinary, sustainability scenario sessions with the design students observing their nursing counterparts as they conduct clinical procedures as part of their skills training.

A new report by BRE and Sweett Group challenges the view that sustainable buildings are more costly to construct. The researchers applied cost data from real construction projects to three case study buildings – an office, secondary school and community healthcare centre – to produce detailed capital and operational cost information. The findings of the research add to a growing body of recently published evidence on the costs and value of sustainability.

The Fudan Tyndall Centre, a joint initiative of the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Research Institute for Global Environmental Change at Fudan University in Shanghai hosted the Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC) on June 8–11 under the theme ‘Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems.’ The conference brought together more than 100 scholars and practitioners, representing 23 countries and all five continents, to consider the latest research in the field and connect wi

Following the final conference of the Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group (SLRG) in June 2014, video presentations and other resources are now available for download from the SLRG website.

The Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN) recently launched a new open source interactive tool for identifying the best possible policy scenarios for saving energy in the building sector worldwide. The new tool for Building Energy Performance Scenarios (BEPS) enables anyone interested in energy efficiency in buildings to access data and projections and find out where we could be in terms of energy use by 2050 under three different scenarios (deep, moderate and frozen), depending on the ambitiousness of policy decisions and technology choices.

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