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There's No Plan B for the Retail Chain That's Making Its Stores and Supply Chains More Sustainable

March 31, 2015 by David Thorpe

It's all part of Plan A. There's no Plan B

A major retail chain is making exceptional efforts to revamp its stores so that they are much more sustainable. It's just unveiled the latest of these, in Newcastle. The chain is Marks & Spencer (M&S) and the policy behind the campaign is called Plan A designed to make the whole corporate effort sustainable right down the supply chains.[read more]

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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

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The Town That Saves Millions on Heating Costs with a Water Source Heat Pump

March 16, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Doesn't look that exciting, but it is!

The town of Drammen in Norway heats most of its buildings with water that is at a temperature of just 8oC. The secret? Heat pumps. It's so easy and pays for itself really quickly. Why don't other towns and cities follow suit? Well, some are.[read more]

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City Leaders Must Engage Citizen Support for Sustainable Infrastructure - EIU Report

February 4, 2015 by David Thorpe

A section of Line One of the Panama City Metro

Urban infrastructure and services in cities around the world are in need of major investment within the next five years if they are to remain adequate, according to 68% of respondents to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). The results show that city leaders need to do more to engage citizens.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

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Awards for Sustainable Energy Projects in European Cities

January 22, 2015 by David Thorpe
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Last year's winner: the self-sufficient Polish Commune of Kisielice.

This year, the European Union is, for the first time, offering to recognise sustainable energy projects that operate at a local level in cities, communities and regions. There are just two weeks left to enter initial details of a project to the competition, with a final deadline of 28 February 2015.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

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The Heat is On for Sustainable District Heating and Cooling

January 20, 2015 by Clare Taylor
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The London Heat Map and Sustainability

Half of cities’ energy consumption is for heating and cooling. From planning to implementation, cities are increasingly turning to modern district energy as a low carbon solution using cogeneration and many different kinds of fuel from renewables and waste, to seawater and geothermal energy.[read more]

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New Study Identifies How Cities Can Cut Energy Use by 25% by 2050

January 15, 2015 by David Thorpe

Found: the energy-saving wedge.

A new study of the energy use of 274 cities shows how different tactics will be necessary to reduce energy consumption in different cities. It adds that a particular effort to reduce consumption in fast-urbanising cities in Asia could potentially reduce total global energy use in cities by more than 25%.[read more]

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Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

January 14, 2015 by David Thorpe

Saudi oil well

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch.[read more]

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Euphoria, Business Deals and Reality at the 'Davos of the East'

January 12, 2015 by David Thorpe
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US Secretary of State John Kerry greets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.

John Kerry, Ban Ki-Moon, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and thousands of corporate business people are in Gandhinagar for the 'Davos of the East', Vibrant Gujarat. But for many it is seen as a rich persons' club, where deals are done and futures sealed that have little to do with ordinary people and the poverty they experience.[read more]

Cities of 2030, Today

January 5, 2015 by Tyler Caine

When we look back in a decade and a half, our familiar surroundings will remind us of a familiar lesson–one just as clear today with a glance back to the turn of the century: most of what we need to build better cities is already here. The cities we can have in 2030 are the cities we could have had today.[read more]