SDRN Mailing, 4 January 2017

By Robert Lyons on 4th January 2017
Network news
Research and resources

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1. 2017: What’s Next in the Fight Against Climate Change?
Tuesday 7 February 2017, London
With many wondering what 2017 has in store for the global climate movement, the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group is organising an event, chaired by Caroline Lucas MP, to reflect on how best to focus our energies and efforts in 2017. Come and hear some exciting and dynamic speakers, with plenty of time for discussion and debate. More…

2. Deconstructing green innovation - implications for policy and practice
Friday 20 January 2017 , Milton Keynes
This final seminar in a series of six will provide an overview of the key themes and insights from seminars that have addressed a variety of themes, including business models and strategies, institutional frameworks and policy-making, and specific applications in the fields of energy and mobility. As with previous seminars in the series, the programme is designed to appeal to academics, research students and practitioners. More…

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Research and Resources
1. Embedding the value of the natural environment in decision-making - overcoming barriers and encouraging enablers
Researchers at the University of East Anglia, the University of Exeter and the James Hutton Institute have identified a set of key ‘sticking points’ that they believe inhibit consideration of the natural environment in decision-making. The briefing provides potential solutions. These include the creation of knowledge networks and the use of political ‘windows of opportunity’ such as flood incidents to get messages across. The briefing uses findings from the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, as well as more recent research undertaken by the organisations involved. More…

2. Shaping the Paris Mechanisms
Article 6 of the Paris Agreement established three approaches for countries to cooperate with each other: cooperative approaches, a new mechanism to promote mitigation and sustainable development ('sustainable development mechanism'), and a framework for non-market approaches. While the 'sustainable development mechanism' seems familiar as its principles strongly resemble the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the other two approaches have so far not been clearly defined conceptually. This JIKO Policy Paper summarises the views by parties and observers that were submitted at the end of September and reveals some sharp differences in opinions on how Art. 6 should work. More… 

3. Arctic Resilience Report
This report is the concluding scientific product of the Arctic Resilience Assessment, a project launched by the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. The project’s 2013 Interim Report provided the conceptual foundations for this final report, as well as a detailed survey of resilience research in the Arctic to date. This Final Report extends that effort by providing a novel assessment of Arctic change and resilience, including factors that appear to support or weaken resilience. It provides an overview of tools and strategies that can be used to assess and build resilience in the Arctic, and considers how the Arctic Council can contribute to those efforts. The authors hope that the insights presented in the report will help Arctic nations to better understand the changes taking place in the region, and contribute to strengthening Arctic people’s capacity to navigate the rapid, turbulent and often unexpected changes they face in the 21st century. More…

4. The Speird Project
The Scottish Government’s statistics now show that rural households spend more on energy to heat their homes than urban equivalents. However, research conducted by the project team using data from households in Renfrewshire has found this ‘energy spend gap’ is more significant than those statistics suggest, whilst other research has shown that influences on the energy spend of rural households are also highly multi-facted. The Speird Project validates and significantly expands on these findings across five areas of Scotland. The findings provide new evidence on the extent and segmentation of fuel poverty in Scotland – uncovering the ‘hidden geographies’ of fuel poverty across rural areas and the islands.. More… 

5. Motivating energy conservation in organisations: Smart metering and the emergence and diffusion of social norms
This study presents results from a smart metering intervention that provided detailed individual desk-based energy feedback to help individuals reduce energy in an organisation. Although the intervention was based on the study of individuals, this paper explores how the technology was socialised, and was set to explore changes in normative influence (descriptive and injunctive norms) around specific energy services, before and after the intervention. More…

6. The Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum
A new report by the Environmental Audit Committee suggests that protections for wildlife and habitats could be weaker after the UK leaves the EU if the Government doesn’t take action before, or in the early stages of the Article 50 process. The MPs looked at the legislative, trade, and financial issues and make recommendations for action to secure the future of the natural environment. They call on the Government to allow full parliamentary scrutiny of its plans for the future of environmental legislation after Brexit. More...