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Carbon Tracker, a non-profit organisation working to align the capital markets with the climate change policy agenda, has teamed up with the Grantham Research Institute to produce this new report. ‘Unburnable carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets’ builds upon findings of a previous report that showed that based on current understanding of an allowable carbon budget, to keep below two degrees of global warming, there is more fossil fuel listed on the world’s capital markets than can be burned.

The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) has released its latest Quarterly Report on the future of the European Union Sustainable Development Strategy (EU SDS) in light of the Rio+20 outcomes. The report is divided into five main chapters. The first chapter presents the Rio+20 process and its implementation at the EU level. The second chapter offers a comparative analysis of the Rio+20 outcome document and EU policy strategies, whilst the third chapter gives a description of those objectives included in the EU SDS of 2006 that have not been achieved yet.

Is it viable to fit external solid wall insulation to a row of terraced houses? This video documents the experience of a Bristol community group who embarked on a mass solid wall insulation project for a whole terrace of houses at once. The film was made for PlanLoCaL by the Centre for Sustainable Energy. More...

UKERC Research Atlas

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The UK Energy Research Centre has created a Research Atlas to assist policy-makers and researchers to review the current status of UK Energy Research and Development, and identify key research challenges. The Research Atlas team based at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory has been commissioning updates to the landscapes and has recently announced the publication of two updated landscapes- Wind Energy and Solar Energy.

EAC launches inquiry on Well-being

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

Following on from their recent report on Sustainable Development Indicators, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has launched a further inquiry on the ‘Measuring Well-being’ initiative being run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In November, the ONS published an analysis of its well-being survey data, comparing people’s well-being according to gender, age, ethnic group, relationship status, health, disability, employment status and occupation, as well as by nation, region and local authority.

A recently published journal article Urban Research & Practice uses empirical data to identify a series of significant trends that have accompanied the global mainstreaming of eco-city policy and practice. These trends include:

• Increased international knowledge transfer activities involving both public and private actors;
• The centrality of ‘carbon discourse’;
• The marrying of ‘green’ with ‘smart’ technological systems; and
• A focus on achieving environmental innovation through economic growth.

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform is a global network of researchers and development experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. The report ‘Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators’, is presented as a first step towards developing a framework to monitor progress on greening growth and a greener economy and is a joint effort by the OECD, UNEP, the World Bank, and the Global Green Growth institute as part of their collaboration on the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).

The Natural Capital Committee (NCC), an independent advisory body to Government, has just released a report outlining their approach for the better measurement, valuation and management of England’s natural capital. The Report does not aim to be comprehensive, but sets out strategic priorities and corresponding actions to fulfil the NCC’s remit. It also identifies current knowledge gaps, some of which the Committee intends to address in subsequent reports (the next one of which will be published in early 2014).

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has released a report which provides an account of the current status of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) across the UK. The report describes how ESD can be thought of as a process of learning how to make decisions that consider the long-term future of the economy, ecology and equity of all communities.

Defra publishes policy evidence plans

By Bridget Elliott on 15th May 2013
Found in: Research and Resources

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has produced a series of evidence plans for different policy areas which make significant use of formal evidence, including plans for water, waste and resources, sustainable economy, sustainable land and farming, and climate change. The evidence plans will be used to help ensure the link between evidence and policy development and implementation. The evidence plans set out evidence needs for a 5 year timeframe and will be updated roughly annually to reflect any major changes in evidence needs as a result of changing policy.

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