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CECAN Policy and Practice Note Series

By Robert Lyons on 2nd August 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

CECAN has launched a Policy and Practice Note Series, with e-versions available to download.

The latest papers are:

This plan outlines 29 actions the government, Ofgem and industry will take to:

  • remove barriers to smart technologies (such as storage and demand-side response)
  • enable smart homes and businesses
  • improve access to energy markets for new technologies and business models

These actions are designed to reduce the costs of the energy system, and help keep energy bills low for consumers.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:45 to 14:00

London

Health policy is complex, arguably becoming more so. What have been termed ‘wicked issues’ are a central feature of health policy where there are often no simple or single solutions, if any at all. This talk by Professor David Hunter of Durham University will be illustrated with examples from the Centre of Public Policy and Health’s research programme. More…

SDRN Mailing, 2 August 2017

By Robert Lyons on 2nd August 2017
Found in: News

Natural Capital Investment

By Robert Lyons on 1st August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 09:00 to 17:00
A major conference on a new frontier for green finance in the UK
 
The Natural Capital Investment Conference 2018, organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, will be a unique opportunity to turn our understanding of the value of the UK's natural environment into investable projects that deliver returns for investors and benefit society.

Whether you manage land or water, have a business interest in natural resources or are a prospective investor, this day could change the way you work.

Why the world needs anthropologists: powering the planet

By Robert Lyons on 1st August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 13:00

The fifth edition of the annual symposium, Why the World Needs Anthropologists, explores how energy professionals and anthropologists can cooperate to design and deploy energy innovations that alter the world for the better.

SDRN Mailing, 19 July 2017

By Robert Lyons on 19th July 2017
Found in: News

Valuing Our Clothes: the cost of UK fashion

By Robert Lyons on 18th July 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by WRAP examines the environmental impact of the UK clothing industry. It highlights recent achievements in the sector, explores opportunities for businesses, and shares insights on consumer attitudes and behaviour toward clothing. However, it also notes that while the amount of clothing being sent to landfill has fallen by 14% from 350,000 tonnes in 2012 to 300,000 in 2016 around 25 per cent is still binned rather than recycled.

Sustainability of liquid biofuels

By Robert Lyons on 18th July 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the Royal Academy of Engineering suggests that the UK should focus on the use of waste for the production of biofuels rather than crops that might displace food production. The authors argue that ncentives should be given to farmers to increase production of fuel crops like Miscanthus on marginal land and note that even with the greater use of electric vehicles, biofuels will still be needed for aviation and heavy goods.

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A new paper for Nature Scientific Reports arguest that while diesel-engined vehicles are currently a major source of particulate pollution, modern diesel vehicles actually produce lower levels of such emissions than petrol-engined cars. Whether gasoline or diesel cars are more polluting depends on the pollutant in question - in other words, that diesel cars are not necessarily worse polluters than gasoline cars.

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