SDRN Mailing, 24 May 2017

By Robert Lyons on 24th May 2017
Research and resources


1. Improving air quality: national plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities
The UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland are seeking views on a revised Plan to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide around roads within the shortest possible time - the most immediate air quality challenge. The consultation includes the consultation document; the draft UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide; and the Technical Report, which includes details of the modelling techniques and assumptions used in the draft Plan. More…

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1. Sustainable Cities: Is there a future? Is it green?
22 June 2017, London
CIRIA is hosting an evening debate to discuss current issues of environmental sustainability in a new Urban Era. This event will bring together highly regarded senior professionals from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss 21st Century challenges in balancing economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusion for future cities and infrastructure systems. More…

2. Cities in motion: tackling the climate and pollution challenge
27 June 2017, London
This year's LowCVP annual conference will coincide with the publication of new transport and environment strategies for the capital. It will focus on how city-level policy needs to adapt to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and air pollution in an era of ‘mobility revolution’. More…

3. Sustainable Earth 2017
29 & 30 June 2017, Plymouth University
Sustainable Earth 2017 offers the opportunity for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together to hear inspirational speakers and join in with creative workshops designed to spark ideas and encourage collaborations to tackle global challenges. The themes for this event are based on the Global Challenge Research Fund, a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. More…

4. Learning lessons from practical policy evaluation: reflecting on a meta-evaluation of UK/EU policy and practice evaluations across the nexus
14 June 2017, London
Collingwood Environmental Planning has been carrying out evaluations over the past decade and as part of the CECAN centre took time to analyse 23 of their evaluations to learn lessons specifically around the evaluation of complexity, the role of methods and the nature of evaluation impact. In this seminar, Dr Clare Twigger-Ross and Owen White from CEP will present the findings from that research and facilitate a discussion around the key findings and approaches for managing complexity in evaluations. More…

5. Assessing the future of heat networks: priorities for decarbonisation, innovation and efficiency in cooling
11 July 2017, London
This Westminster Forum event will focus on developing the next steps for low carbon and energy efficient heating and cooling systems in the UK. Following the consultation on Heat in Buildings by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and its call for evidence on a ‘smart, flexible energy system’, sessions will assess the impact on the energy delivery system and the future policy framework for heat. More…

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Research and Resources
1. People power: How consumer choice is changing the UK energy system
This recent Green Alliance report looks at how small scale, low carbon energy technologies such as solar panels and electric cars are rapidly falling in cost as their popularity grows. The UK’s future energy market will not only consist of passive customers buying power from big and distant power stations. Instead it will increasingly be owned and operated by those who purchase these technologies. This poses new operational challenges for the grid, and a bigger challenge in intelligently governing the change in who owns the energy system. More…

2. Resource efficiency: powering green growth for Europe
Europe aims to obtain 20 per cent of its growth from industrial processes by 2020 and at the same time has set itself incredibly ambitious environmental targets. This new report argues that by shifting to a low-carbon economy powered by green growth and a society that generates and shares economic and environmental benefits for all, European businesses will benefit from new opportunities that will save in material costs and allow them to grow in the face of pressing resource constraints and high environmental standards. More…

3. Staying Connected: Key Elements for UK–EU27 Energy Cooperation After Brexit
This new UKERC report argues that energy cooperation over the past decades has helped European countries to enhance their geopolitical security, respond to growing climate threats, and create a competitive pan-European energy market. Maintaining close cooperation in this field, and the UK’s integration in the European internal energy market (IEM), will be important for the UK and the EU27 post-Brexit. More…

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