Research and Resources

Explore sustainability-related research and resources here, including recently released reports, journal articles, online tools and databases. Use the left sidebar to filter resources by theme.

A new report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee argues that the government needs to set out new modelling on air quality following the High Court’s latest ruling and a new approach to air quality post 2019; an emissions reduction strategy that will allow the UK’s carbon budgets to be met; and effective noise mitigation measures enforced by an Independent Aviation Noise Authority. The Government must not allow our air quality standards to be watered down as a result of leaving the EU.

The Low Emission Bus Guide

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016

The Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP) has produced a new guide to low emission buses that is intended to equip bus operators and local authorities with information to aid purchasing decisions, and encourage the adoption of the most appropriate low emission bus technology and associated infrastructure for particular routes and applications. 

The Guide includes real-world bus operator case studies to highlight and demonstrate the environmental and business cases for the range of different technologies and fuels. 

The aim of the three-year cycle BOOM project, funded by the EPSRC under the UK Research Council’s Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme, was to develop a better understanding of how the design of the built environment and technology shapes engagement with, and experience of cycling as people get older and how this affects their independent mobility, health and wellbeing.

CPRE’s sixth paper in its Housing Foresight Series develops the idea of Public Transport Oriented Development – an approach that seeks to integrate land use and transport planning in a sustainable manner.  Effective coordination across many authorities can result in better access to, and take-up of, public transport through the development of high density residential areas close to stations/commuter belts. 

Two new reports investigate ‘smart-eco’ policy trends in the UK and the Netherlands, including case studies of 10 UK cities and four Dutch ones.

The concept of the ‘smart-eco’ city reflects what is often a large overlap between the newer ‘smart’ agenda (usually focusing on areas such as ICT, urban infrastructure and governance) and the existing sustainability agenda (covering areas such as energy, waste management and mobility as well as economic development).

Electric vehicles in Europe

By Editor on 28th September 2016

A new report from the European Environment Agency provides a non-technical summary of electric road vehicles in Europe, including those with hybrid technologies.

The report summarises developments on the path to a more sustainable transport system, explains how electric vehicles work and describes the different types of vehicles on the market, outlining their respective advantages and disadvantages. The report looks at measures that promote electric vehicle use and identifies the main barriers restricting their broader use.  

A new report by Harry Quilter-Pinner and Laurie Laybourn-Langton for IPPR highlights the impact of air pollution on public health in the UK, and London in particular, where the mortality impact of nitrogen dioxide and particulates in 2010 was estimated to be equivalent to up to 9,400 premature deaths.  Air pollution is therefore the second most significant factor impacting on public health in London, after smoking.  The report finds that London is breaking legal and WHO limits for particulate matter; most air pollution in London is caused by road transport, of which diesel vehicles are the

A new report by the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, commissioned by the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, examines how automation and smart connectivity in road vehicles might be combined and integrated into the mobility system to have the most positive impact on energy efficiency and carbon reduction.  It suggests that the impacts of automation on energy demand and carbon emissions are highly uncertain but that the combination of connectivity, automation plus shared ownership has the potential to lead to a substantial reduction

EU member states are required to ensure that consumers are informed about the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of new passenger cars.  The European Commission is currently evaluating the relevant directive and, in support of this, Gary Haq and Martin Weiss assess the status of car labelling in the EU in their new paper, published in Energy Policy.  

Researchers in Norway have undertaken a study looking at the reasons why the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) market share is far higher in Norway than in any other country.  There are strong incentives for promoting purchase and ownership of BEVs – for instance, exemptions from purchase tax and VAT – and the researchers analysed data from a survey of 3,400 BEV owners in Norway to determine which incentives are critical for the purchase of BEV vehicles and which groups of buyers  respond to different types of incentives. 

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