SDRN Mailing, 19 July 2017

By Robert Lyons on 19th July 2017
Research and resources


1. Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference
9 & 10 October 2017, London
This 21st annual Chatham House Climate Change conference will address: Global climate policies and the dynamics of international leadership of the climate change agenda; Climate change-related risks to financial markets and efforts to manage these; Under-realized mitigation opportunities (such as land use, international transport and heavy industries); The extent of carbon pricing schemes and the prospects for expansion; Climate change risk reduction within markets and supply chains. More…

2. Balancing Sustainability and Development: cities in the 21st century
2 August 2017, London
More than half of the 7.5 billion people on the planet now live in cities. Air pollution, overburdened infrastructure, biodiversity loss, and climate change currently threaten sustainable urban growth. How can we meet the needs of growing urban populations without sacrificing the natural environment and future sustainability? More…

3. How can the government successfully be both pro-business and pro-environment?
23 August 2017, London
Bright Blue welcomes Tom Burke, chairman and founding director of the environmental think tank E3G and Tom Pickering, director of INEOS Upstream including the INEOS Shale business, which currently holds the largest number of fracking licences on the UK mainland. More…

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Research and Resources
1. A 50% renewable-energy smart-grid solution for the UK
The more variable nature of some forms of renewable energy can be balanced by using adequately flexibile measures, such as adaptable fuel generation sources, active demand response (a change in consumer power consumption to match the demand for power with the supply), better storage of power and interconnections; the big challenge is to develop a flexible power system with the adequate resources to ensure a cost-effective integration of renewables. More…

2. Gasoline cars produce more carbonaceous particulate matter than modern filter-equipped diesel cars
A new paper for Nature Scientific Reports arguest that while diesel-engined vehicles are currently a major source of particulate pollution, modern diesel vehicles actually produce lower levels of such emissions than petrol-engined cars. Whether gasoline or diesel cars are more polluting depends on the pollutant in question - in other words, that diesel cars are not necessarily worse polluters than gasoline cars. More...

3. Sustainability of liquid biofuels
A new report by the Royal Academy of Engineering suggests that the UK should focus on the use of waste for the production of biofuels rather than crops that might displace food production. The authors argue that incentives should be given to farmers to increase production of fuel crops like Miscanthus on marginal land and note that even with the greater use of electric vehicles, biofuels will still be needed for aviation and heavy goods. More...

4. Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion
A new report by WRAP examines the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry. It highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing. However, it also notes that while the amount of clothing being sent to landfill has fallen by 14% from 350,000 tonnes in 2012 to 300,000 in 2016 around 25 per cent is still binned rather than recycled. More…

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