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Low Carbon Mapping: Northumbria University

The Northumbria University Low Carbon Mapping (LCM) project aims to connect together all ‘low carbon’ related research and development (R&D) within the University’s ‘Energy and Environment’ research theme and to support the University in identifying and developing new commercial opportunities and strengthening existing commercial relationships


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Urban Age Programme. LSE.

The Urban Age Programme, jointly organised with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Society, is an international investigation of the spatial and social dynamics of cities centred on an annual conference, research initiative and publication.

Here are recent public lectures on urban energy and carbon futures:

Richard Rogers: Cities and Buildings 

Mayor of Copenhagen: The City Solution
Richard Sennett and  Saskia Sassen: Cities, Design and Climate Change
Joan Clos: Cities and Climate Change

Peter Head: Urban Technologies and the Environment

Mohsen Mostafavi  

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Training and practice

An often neglected area. Two interesting approaches for different scales

1. CROHM: Carbon Reduction Options for Housing Managers. Housing stock carbon assessment.
An interesting idea in this emerging field. I am not sure what the methodology is. It reads as a standard bottom-up approach which relies on coupling a building physics engine with housing Archetypes. There are no details however. Also offers some GIS.


 2.  AssetMap. A process and tool developed by Arup’s. Some references can be found below.


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Paper submitted to BRI on Modelling for Low Carbon Cities by Carlos Calderon and James Keirstead

Modelling frameworks for low carbon cities: reality or science fiction?
Urban energy and carbon models are emerging as a vital tool for local authorities who wish to understand the greenhouse gas emissions of their city and how to reduce them. This paper reviews current practice in this field and asks how these models are used within policy making processes and whether they are fit for purpose. Drawing on our own experience and the literature, we differentiate between accounting-style inventory tools and forward-looking policy modelling tools and argue that, although part of the same overall policy process, these two approaches lack consistency in methods and implementation. A comparison with local air pollution modelling makes this contrast apparent. We therefore conclude that if these tools are to stay relevant and useful, there needs to be significant changes in: the policy and regulatory frameworks governing such models and their use in policy; model implementation, use and verification; and research culture and training. Without such changes, urban energy and carbon modelling research risks becoming science fiction reading: interesting but perhaps of limited use to current problems. 

Paper Submitted to BRI: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rbri