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 major review, Taking the Temperature: A Review of Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty Schemes in Scotland, conducted for Citizens Advice Scotland by CAG Consultants, Glasgow Caledonian University, and National Energy Action, has called for independent monitoring and evaluation to be built into all future energy efficiency and fuel poverty schemes.

The Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK Committee on Climate Change has produced an Evidence Report on the risks and opportunities to the UK from climate change, to inform the second (five-yearly) Climate Change Risk Assessment, to be presented to Parliament in 2017.

The report highlights the top six areas of inter-related climate change risks for the UK:

Researchers at the University of Birmingham and Lancaster University, in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre Architects, used interviews with built environment professionals, together with a critical assessment of sustainability assessment methods, to explore whether sustainability measures constrain creativity and innovation in urban design. 

This new study, published in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, estimates the carbon footprint of crime.  Researchers, led by Helen Skudder of the University of Surrey, used a complex method of quantification – applying carbon emissions factors to the monetized costs of crime using environmentally-extended input-output analysis.  This allowed them to estimate the carbon footprint of crime committed in England and Wales in 2011 as being over four million metric tons CO2e, equivalent to the carbon emissions of around 900,000 UK homes.

Behaviour Change and Home Energy Coaching

By Editor on 29th June 2016

This new report is a result of a six month research project run by Ymlaen Ceredigion, in partnership with Ceredigion County Council and Aberystwyth University, exploring how home energy coaching operates, what effect it can have and how those effects can be measured. 

Low carbon network infrastructure

By Editor on 29th June 2016

A new report by the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee examines the low-carbon network infrastructure in the UK.  It identifies three interwoven challenges:

Sustainability Citizenship in Cities

By Editor on 15th June 2016

This new book, published by Earthscan/Routledge, seeks to explain how sustainability citizenship can manifest in urban built environments as both responsibilities and rights. Contributors elaborate on the concept of urban sustainability citizenship as a participatory work-in-progress with the aim of setting its practice firmly on the agenda.

A new report, published by the Global Green Growth Institute, in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Green Economy Coalition, suggests that most green growth efforts to date have focused on the economy and the environment but that for it to fulfil its promise, it needs to focus on people – to tackle the poverty, inequality and exclusion that constrain both growth and environmental sustainability, to realise women’s and men’s aspirations and to gain broad societal support. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the state of the mobile market, which is stagnating, due in part to the slowing pace of innovation in mobile phones over the past few years, with new devices taking much longer to become functionally obsolete.  This is resulting in the emergence of a new mobile market, based on capturing the value that exists in older devices.  This circular market is poised to grow, with resale estimated to grow four to five times faster than the growth in the overall smartphone market in 2016. 

A paper by Laurie Laybourn-Langton for IPPR looks at two developments in the UK energy system.

The first is the rise of local, community and cooperatively owned energy projects that produce renewable electricity, in some cases also supporting attempts to tack fuel poverty and provide other social and economic functions.