SPUR Lunchtime Forum: A greener way to keep warm

"The UK government is aiming for an 80 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and for 20 percent of energy to be sourced from renewables by 2020. As part of the drive towards these goals, they are considering implementing the wide use of district heat networks—centralized sources of space and water heating, the cheapest method of cutting carbon and with one of the lowest carbon footprints of all fossil-generating plants. Michael King, Associate at Combined Heat & Power Association in London and Chairman of Aberdeen Heat & Power Co in Scotland, will share his experience with the process of planning policy and framework necessary for the development, financing and delivery of district heat networks in a market unfamiliar with the technology."


Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change: Green Technology

Editor’s note: This week, we continue our 5-part series of excerpts from Peter Calthorpe’s book, “Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change.” This is installment number four. Thanks to Island Press, a few lucky Streetsblog readers will be selected to receive a free copy of the book. To enter the contest, fill out this form. […]
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What the US Can Learn from the European Approach to Controlling Vehicle Emissions

The US transportation sector isn’t adapting quickly enough to the climate crisis by reducing emissions. A better adaptation strategy will require not only shifting how people move by getting them out of cars and onto bikes and public transportation, but also replacing the vehicle fleet with more efficient automobiles that are less reliant on fossil fuels.