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SDRN Mailing, 1 March 2017

By Robert Lyons on 1st March 2017
Found in: News

This report updates a previous UKERC study, published in 2006, which reviews the evidence on integrating variable renewable sources such as wind and solar into power systems. The new report argues that the key challenge facing policymakers, regulators and markets is delivering a flexible, low carbon system that makes best use of variable renewables whilst minimising overall cost and enhancing security and reliability.

A new report by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, commissioned by the Welsh Government in 2015, identifies which low income households are the most vulnerable from the detrimental effects of living in cold homes, and which are in the greatest need of a home energy efficiency intervention. The research also tested the potential reach and impact of a new energy efficiency scheme using a number of different annual budgets.

A new paper published in Agricultural Systems examines system losses quantified from primary production to human food requirements. The study finds that 44% of harvested crops dry matter was lost prior to human consumption. The highest loss rate was in livestock production, but the largest losses were before harvest. Over-eating is also at least as large a contributor to food system losses as consumer waste.

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Date and Time: 
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:00 to 12:30

City Hall, London

The H2FC SUPERGEN will launch three evidence based White Papers that will inform key stakeholders, especially policy makers, of the roles and potential benefits of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in: i) the future energy systems; ii) creating economic impact in the UK; iii) delivering energy security for the UK.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 18:00 to 19:30

University College London

This UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources & UCL Energy Institute joint public lecture features special guest speakers Michelle T Davies, Global Head of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Group, Eversheds,  and the Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change.

A new report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that the government needs to set out new modelling on air quality following the High Court’s latest ruling and a new approach to air quality post 2019; an emissions reduction strategy that will allow the UK’s carbon budgets to be met; and effective noise mitigation measures enforced by an Independent Aviation Noise Authority. The Government must not allow our air quality standards to be watered down as a result of leaving the EU.

Carbon and Time

By Robert Lyons on 27th February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30

London School of Economics

The next seminar in the interdisciplinary Climate Change, Inequality and Social policy series - co-hosted by LSE's CASE, The Grantham Institute and International Inequalities Institute - will feature presentations on 'Low carbon fun? A time use perspective towards sustainability' by Professor Angela Druckman (University of Surrey) and 'The case for a shorter working week' by Anna Coote (New Economics Foundation).

Sustainability Scholarship: The view from the editor’s desk

By Robert Lyons on 27th February 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:30 to 14:00

University of Gloucester

Dr Rodrigo Lozano from the University of Gävle, Sweden, will introduce this seminar on the developing field of sustainability scholarship from an editor’s point of view. It will explore key themes in current scholarship, areas for development, publication options and impact, as well as tips for developing academic profile in this area. The event is free to attend and a light sustainable buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided. Contact brainbow@glos.ac.uk for more details and to reserve a place.

Brexit: environment and climate change

By Robert Lyons on 15th February 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee was published on 14 February. The Committee concluded that one of the key challenges in this area will be that of effectively maintaining environmental protection through the Great Repeal Bill, given the complex and extensive nature of environmental legislation.

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