SDRN Mailing, 12 April 2017

By Robert Lyons on 12th April 2017
Research and resources


1. Call for Proposals: Modelling Pension Funds under Climate Change
The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries is inviting proposals for a project on modelling pension funds under climate change. The project will develop quantitative illustrations of the impact on UK pension scheme assets and liabilities of a small number of climate change scenarios. The aim is to help pensions actuaries assess the potential magnitude of climate change impacts and hence when climate change might be relevant to the funding advice they give. The closing date is 12 May 2017. More…

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1. Priorities for the new energy strategy in Scotland - innovation, investment and decarbonisation
14 June 2017, Edinburgh
Sessions assess the future role of renewables - as well as wider low-carbon energies - and oil and gas, considering generation at a local level and opportunities for innovation - taking into account views within the energy sector and the importance of consumer engagement in developing a more modern energy mix. Delegates will also consider the way forward for the decarbonisation of heat and transport, reducing consumption of electricity, heat and energy-intensive transport, and developing a smarter, flexible electricity network. More…

2. Urban greenspace – space for nature and people?
9 May 2017, London
This first joint BES Scottish Policy Group and ESCom Scotland event, will discuss whether urban greenspace in Scotland is meeting our social, economic and biodiversity needs. Are the provision and management of greenspace on track to contribute to the delivery of our Biodiversity 2020 priority aims? More…

3. Environmental Policy in the Trump Era
27 April 2017, Oxford
The second Adrian Fernando Memorial Lecture will be presented by William K Reilly, a leading Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George H. W. Bush. Throughout his illustrious career, he served as president of World Wildlife Fund, as a founder or advisor to several business ventures, and on many boards of directors. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling to investigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. More…

4. Would income redistribution result in higher aggregate emissions?
27 April 2017, London
This lunchtime seminar analyses the relationship between the distribution of income and the carbon content of household consumption. Household carbon is estimated by linking expenditure data to productive sectors and their carbon intensity derived through input-output analysis. Assuming (conditional) homogeneity in preferences, the research finds that complete income redistribution might have raised household carbon in 2009 by about 2.5%. More…

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Research and Resources
1. Hydrogen and fuel cells: The launch of three White Papers commissioned by the H2FC Supergen
What impact can hydrogen and fuel cell technologies have in addressing the energy trilemma: energy security, energy cost, and CO2 emissions? The H2FC SUPERGEN commissioned four evidence-based White Papers to inform key stakeholders, especially policy makers, of the roles and potential benefits of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in addressing: providing affordable, secure low-carbon heat; delivering energy security for the UK; future energy systems; economic impact in the UK. More…

2. The diversity and evolution of ecological and environmental citizen science
Citizen science - the involvement of volunteers in data collection, analysis and interpretation - simultaneously supports research and public engagement with science, and its profile is rapidly rising. This systematic assessment of environmental and ecological citizen science projects found that they take a wide variety of forms and are increasing in number thanks to the availability of smartphones and online databases. More…

3. Rapid and significant sea-level rise expected if global warming exceeds 2 °C, with global variation
This study notes that under current carbon-emission rates, this temperature rise will occur around the middle of this century, with damaging effects on coastal businesses and ecosystems, while also triggering major human migration from low-lying areas. Global sea-level rise will not be uniform, and will differ for different points of the globe. More...