Urban climate policies ‘could avoid 1.3m deaths by 2030’

A new report suggests implementing clean approaches could also create 14 million city-based jobs

UPS trials new deliveries for sustainability

  UPS is to trial a sustainable delivery service in central London using power-assisted bicycles and trailers. The haulage firm plans to reduce traffic and congestion by using the new electric vehicles to deliver packages rather than its traditional vans. The parcels are moved by electric-assisted trailers which mean their weight (up to 200 kilograms) […]

US water efficiency up in cities, down in country

US cities are becoming more water-efficient but rural areas are becoming less so. That’s according to a new study from environmental publication Earth’s Future, which assessed per-capita water consumption from 1985 to 2010. States like Washington and Pennsylvania showed consistent improvements in efficiency over the entire period, largely as a result of developing more efficient […]

Cities go smarter and green with new online platform

A smart cities platform has been launched by a trade body to create cleaner, greener and more sustainable urban environments. The Environmental Industries Commission’s (EIC) cross-sector, free to access online tool aims to bring different smart technologies and big data together, match cities facing environmental challenges with new, innovative solutions and provide an evidence base to […]

Innovate UK-funded low carbon trials begin

Innovative green projects with the potential for quick commercialisation are being trialled across the UK. Innovate UK’s funding competition will see 12 projects share £18 million, with the aim of making progress towards low carbon energy, transport and urban infrastructure. The government-sponsored body says with more than 70% of people estimated to be living in urban areas by 2040, city infrastructure and […]

‘Cities must spend $375bn to hit Paris climate goals’

Cities need to spend $375 billion (£300.95bn) over the next four years to hit the Paris Agreement’s goals. That’s according to a new report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a global network of urban authorities committed to tackling climate change. The report highlights the scale of global opportunities in sustainable urban infrastructure – cities have only reported costs for […]

Student predicts energy future!

A student has invented a tool to forecast how an individual’s energy use will change in the future. Moulay Larbi Chalal, a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University, used data from across 6,000 households over a 17-year period to see how people’s changing lifestyle and behavior changes their energy requirements. He claims the date even […]

Innovators wanted to tackle food-water-energy nexus

A new competition is looking for solutions to the food-water-energy nexus. The aim of Belmont Forum and Joint Planning Initiative Urban Europe’s project is to bring together research and innovation from around the world to solve food shortage, water scarcity and energy resource issues in cities. Called the Sustainable Urban Global Initiative/Food-Water-Energy Nexus, it is […]

Indian President calls for efficient water use

The Indian President has called on his country to use water more efficiently with the three ‘R’s – reducing, recycling and reusing. Speaking at the second India Water Forum event in New Delhi, Pranab Mukherjee (pictured, right) said the nation has only 4% of water resources despite being home to 17% of the global population. […]

EU to spend over £30m helping neighbours go green

The EU is to spend €35.5 million (£30.1 million) supporting green urban development in neighbouring countries. The Sustainable Urban Demonstration Projects programme will help solve challenges related to energy efficiency, security of supply and sustainable economic growth. The EU expects to invest €25 million (£21.1 million) in the Eastern Partnership countries such as Belarus, Georgia […]