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.

Using food waste as pig feed

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016

This FCRN blog post by Karen Luyckz argues that instead of feeding virgin crops like soy, barley or maize to pigs and chickens, we should allow these omnivores to eat our leftovers, as they’ve done for thousands of years. In fact, in the UK, during both world wars leftover food was the only thing they could eat at all, as it was illegal to feed pigs any food that was deemed fit for human consumption.

Impact of Non-Energy Policies on Energy Systems

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016

Energy systems are not only affected by energy policies, but by a wide range of other policies. Yet there has been little systematic analysis of this issue, and the knowledge that does exist is often not integrated across disciplines and sectors. The aims of this scoping paper are to i) produce a comprehensive review of existing research on the impact of non-energy policies on energy systems; and on the basis of this ii) propose a future research agenda.

Municipal waste management across European countries

By Robert Lyons on 22nd November 2016

Over the past two decades, European countries have increasingly shifted their focus with regard to municipal waste from disposal methods to prevention and recycling. Moving municipal waste management up the ‘waste hierarchy’ is essential to extract more value from resources while reducing the pressures on the environment and creating jobs.

Co-producing neighbourhood resilience

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016

New research in a special issue of Building Research & Information explores the social-ecological aspects of neighbourhood resilience through the use of co-production processes. It shows that the scale of the neighbourhood, its social networks and physical aspects are significant for creating resilience - the capabilities and capacities to thrive in response to uncertainty, threats, disturbances and shocks.

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. 

Urban green spaces and health: a review of evidence

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016

A new report by the World Health Organization summarises evidence on the beneficial effects of urban green spaces, including improved mental health, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as improved pregnancy outcomes.  It identifies urban green space indicators which are suitable for wide-scale application in the European Region and proposes an indicator definition and data analysis tool kit for universal use.  This measures accessibility of green spaces of defined minimum sizes suitable for physical activity and mental relaxation. 

Future flood prevention

By Robert Lyons on 9th November 2016

The House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has published its Second Report of Session 2016-17 on future flood prevention. 

Smart prepayment and fuel poverty

By Editor on 26th October 2016

A new report, written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy for Eaga Charitable Trust and Citizen’s Advice, aims to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of the growing use of smart prepayment (PPM) meters on fuel poverty, in particular amongst households already using conventional PPMs, a group that historically has been poorly served by the energy market. 

Next Steps for UK Heat Policy

By Editor on 26th October 2016

With heating and hot water for UK buildings accounting for around 40 per cent of our energy consumption and 20 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions, there is a need to largely eliminate these emissions by around 2050 in order to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and maintain the UK contribution to international action under the Paris Agreement. 

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.

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