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Hillary Award 2016 ceremony and lecture

By Robert Lyons on 5th December 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, December 19, 2016 - 17:45 to 19:30

University of Surrey

The University of Surrey's Professor Tim Jackson has been appointed 2016 Hillary Laureate for his widely respected leadership in the economics of sustainability. We are delighted to invite you now to the award ceremony, hosted by the Centre for Environment and Sustainability. 

Housing capacity on suitable brownfield land

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has analysed the Government’s brownfield registers pilot scheme. Employing a variety of conservative methodologies, CPRE now estimates that the available data translates to a minimum of 1.1 million homes on suitable brownfield sites across England. More ambitious methodologies put the figure much higher, towards 1.4 million. This suggests that the Government has previously severely underestimated brownfield capacity.

Sustainability and HM Treasury

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This new report by the Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that ministers cannot make well-informed decisions unless they have access to all relevant information  including  long-term  costs  and  benefits.  The  Treasury  needs  to  do  more, says the report,  to  factor  these  into  its  decision-making  processes,  so  that  decisions  are  subject  to  a  systematic ‘green-check’ and set out concrete steps on how it will incorporate new evidence on natural capital into its ‘Green Book’ appraisal process and its reporting and accounting mechanisms.

Using food waste as pig feed

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

This FCRN blog post by Karen Luyckz argues that instead of feeding virgin crops like soy, barley or maize to pigs and chickens, we should allow these omnivores to eat our leftovers, as they’ve done for thousands of years. In fact, in the UK, during both world wars leftover food was the only thing they could eat at all, as it was illegal to feed pigs any food that was deemed fit for human consumption.

Impact of Non-Energy Policies on Energy Systems

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

Energy systems are not only affected by energy policies, but by a wide range of other policies. Yet there has been little systematic analysis of this issue, and the knowledge that does exist is often not integrated across disciplines and sectors. The aims of this scoping paper are to i) produce a comprehensive review of existing research on the impact of non-energy policies on energy systems; and on the basis of this ii) propose a future research agenda.

Over the past two decades, European countries have increasingly shifted their focus with regard to municipal waste from disposal methods to prevention and recycling. Moving municipal waste management up the ‘waste hierarchy’ is essential to extract more value from resources while reducing the pressures on the environment and creating jobs.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

Timed to discuss the Government’s consultation into developing a smart energy system, this seminar will assess the next steps and policy priorities for making the ‘smart grid’ a reality. Delegates will evaluate the options for establishing a flexible and low-carbon electricity network, including an assessment of how new system measures such as demand-side response and automated processes should be integrated into standard network operations, as well as the role of increased energy storage capacity in managing and responding to demand changes.

Next steps for energy efficiency policy in England

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

London

This seminar will discuss the future for energy efficiency schemes in businesses and homes across England, and next steps for energy efficiency policy. With the conclusion of the updated Energy Companies Obligation due in March, and the CRC scheme set to end by 2019, this conference offers a timely opportunity for delegates to engage on the direction of Government policy in energy efficiency.

Speakers include senior figures from Whitehall, business and academia.

Nature of Prosperity Dialogue

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 13:30 to 17:30

1.30 – 5.30 pm, Monday 28 November, Westminster

Co-producing neighbourhood resilience

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

New research in a special issue of Building Research & Information explores the social-ecological aspects of neighbourhood resilience through the use of co-production processes. It shows that the scale of the neighbourhood, its social networks and physical aspects are significant for creating resilience - the capabilities and capacities to thrive in response to uncertainty, threats, disturbances and shocks.

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