The battle to create a sustainable low carbon future will be won or lost in our cities, and the UK is no exception.
The top 20 cities in the UK, for example, are responsible for more than 20% of carbon emissions and more than 20% of energy consumption, so local action by cities will be vital if we are to meet the UK national target of 80% reduction on 1990 levels by 2050. Some 80% of carbon emissions are in fact created locally, and so local authorities based in cities can act as very important agents in creating a step change in the way we occupy and use our built environment.
Reduced public spending and a changed political landscape in the UK, with a strong localism agenda in England, presents a fresh set of challenges for city-based local authorities. Against this background OISD: RELP is adding the finishing touches to a major new report on the low carbon plans and strategies of UK cities which will be published early in 2012.
Funded by RICS Education Trust, the research was carried out in 2011 to analyse how UK cities are engaging with the low carbon agenda. The research:
- Examines the background and legislative context for low carbon cities in the UK.
- Draws comparisons between UK approaches and international approaches (for example, the EU and Canada) where appropriate.
- Critically reviews and compares low carbon plans (including climate action plans) in UK cities in terms of their timeframes, targets, and pathways to the future.
- Identify the drivers and barriers to implementing such plans.
- Highlights best practice and best ideas in low carbon cities.
The research includes data from DECC on NI 186 emissions for the UK's top 50 cities, and incorporates responses from the UK’s top 60 cities on such issues as the Green Deal, the localism agenda and renewables targets. The research findings are relevant to RICS members in terms of providing an up to date and detailed analysis of which UK cities are 'leading' and which cities are doing less well in the 'low carbon stakes'. Other relevant audience groups include local authorities and planning authorities; developers/investors; national government and NGOs; community groups; property occupiers and owners; business sector and general public.
Please contact Professor Tim Dixon, Director of OISD and Professor of Real Estate for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
News Item Dated:
18 November 2011