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Retrofit 2012 Conference

For anyone interested in this problem, it seems that this is a good event to attend http://retrofit2012.com/

Five themes:

Theme 1 – Policy and Regulation

Policy and Regulation: covering issues relating to policy, incentives, standards and programmes designed to deliver the sustainable retrofit of the built environment. This may include programmes such as Green Deal, Energy Company Obligations or wider energy policy as it relates to the Built Environment, relevant stakeholders and associated technologies.

Theme 2 – Models, Performance and Evaluation

Models, Performance and Evaluation: addressing the models that are used to describe or predict behavior, building or technology performance at a variety of levels. This may include building energy performance modeling, such as SAP, modeling of behaviours or the impact of interventions to improve the performance of the built environment.

Theme 3 – Communities, People and Behaviours

Communities, People and Behaviours: addressing issues relating to demand side management, consumer experiences and related to the adoption and in-use issues of sustainable retrofit. This may take a wider community focus and how groups engage with the issue, down to specific issues of comfort, and how individuals engage with new technology in their homes.

Theme 4 – Technology and Materials

Technology and Materials: looking specifically at the issues of technology and materials within the sustainable retrofit arena. This may look at a range of new product/ material development, experimental testing, field testing or wider in-use issues of new technologies.

Theme 5 – Production, Process and Supply Chain

Production, Process and Supply Chain: looking at the production, process and supply chain issues that will lead to large scale sustainable retrofit. This may address issues of process developments, such as lean or mass customization, to wider issues of supply chain development, including procurement, and logistics.

Theme 6 – Skills, Jobs and Economic Development

Skills, Jobs and Economic Development: looking at the issues of skills, jobs and economic development as connected with sustainable retrofit of the built environment. This may look as issues of institutions, skills frameworks and economic models as relate to the development of the “Green Economy

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3rd Progress Report from CCC

In this 3rd Progress report we build on the techniques developed in the first two. It adjusts recorded emissions in 2010 for weather as well as macroeconomic impacts, showing that the underlying trend is one of broadly flat emissions. Analysis of the indicators meanwhile reveals mixed progress in implementing abatement measures. While emissions are continuing to run significantly below the first budget cap, an acceleration in the pace of emissions reduction will be needed if future carbon budgets are to be achieved. The report highlights some key policies to drive this acceleration, including the Electricity Market Reform and the Green Deal.

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Urban plants’ role as carbon sinks ‘underestimated

Plants in cities and towns make a major contribution towards removing carbon from the atmosphere, a study suggests.
The authors say the research is the first of its kind in Europe to quantify how much carbon is stored within this urban vegetation.

In this study, the researchers used information from satellite data and from field research to survey the amount of vegetation across Leicester – a city with a population of about 300,000 people.
The assessment included domestic gardens, public spaces, road verges and derelict industrial land

The team estimated that 231,000 tonnes of carbon, equivalent to 3.16kg per square metre, was locked away in the city’s vegetation – most of which was stored by trees.
“Large trees are particularly important carbon stores,” said lead author Zoe Davies from the University of Kent.
“Most of the publicly owned land across Leicester is grassland.
“If just 10% of this was planted with trees, the existing carbon pool across the city could be increased by 12%.


This study is part of 4M

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Climate Action in Megacities. An analysis by Arup.

Arups report on what the mayors of the C40 are doing to tackle climate change.

The member cities of the C40 Climate Leadership Group represents 297m people, 18% of global GDP and 10% of carbon emissions. Collectively they have taken 4,734 actions to tackle climate change.

‘Climate Action in Megacities’ was launched as part of the C40 summit in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2011.
The report will help each city to meet its potential to mitigate and adapt to the climate change challeng


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Carbon Neutral City Planner

On James’ blog I came accross this tool:

It allows you to plan and test your municipality’s carbon mitigation strategy.
The tool will prepopulate many of the fields on the pages to follow with default data approximated from provincial and national statistics or studies of urban regions. You can leave these default values as is until you have more detailed information on the city you are studying.