The seventh session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals commenced on Monday 6th January and runs until Friday 10th January. Themes to be considered as part of the seventh session include: sustainable cities and human settlements; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste); and climate change and disaster risk reduction.
Leading research journal Global Environmental Change has dedicated its latest issue to the topic of grassroots innovation for sustainability. The special issue contains six original research articles Guest Edited by Adrian Smith and Gill Seyfang, and a special editorial introduction. The articles were selected from papers presented at a research workshop held at Sussex University in May 2012. Fifteen full papers and six PhD posters were discussed at the workshop by thirty researchers from eleven countries.
In his latest book, internationally renowned author Sir Peter Hall investigates how the UK can create better towns and cities. ‘Good Cities, Better Lives: How Europe Discovered the Lost Art of Urbanism’ provides an analysis of the main issues for urban planning and development – in economic development and job generation, sustainable development, housing policy, transport and development mechanisms – and assesses where practice in the UK has fallen short.
A recent journal article in Transportation Research Part A has suggested that a ‘feebate’ (a combination of fees and rebates), can be an effective policy option to aid the transition to a more environmentally-friendly transport system. The research focused on cars in the UK and examined three types of policy instruments: feebates (fees and rebates to encourage the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles), vehicle road tax (annual tax for the use of public roads) and vehicle scrappage schemes (financial incentives to scrap older, less efficient cars).
This report offers a practical guide for policy-makers to improve energy efficiency in urban transport systems. After outlining why improving energy efficiency in urban transport is important, the report highlights policies that have been implemented in Belgrade, New York City and Seoul to demonstrate how common responses can be applied in different local contexts to achieve transport system improvements. Barriers to improving urban transport energy efficiency are analysed in the report, and the key polices (including interventions and measures) to overcome them are listed.