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Video: possible scenarios for our future low-carbon cities, Cameron Jewell, The Fifth Estate, 7 September 2017
"We can cut city carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2040, but the way we do it will profoundly alter how our cities look and operate, according to research led by the University of Melbourne’s Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab." Read the full piece here
Federal policy on the urban island heat island effect is a sorely missing piece of the puzzle to cool our cities, according to the CRC for Low Carbon Living chief executive Professor Deo Prasad.
Professor Prasad joined experts at last week’s Cooling Cities National Forum in Sydney to debate how to tackle the growing urban heat island effect problem, and to launch a new national guide on urban cooling strategies.
Australia's first national guide designed to keep city dwellers cooler during hot weather by helping landscape architects, urban designers, planners, local authorities, government agencies and developers mitigate urban heat islands and microclimates created by cities, was launched at the CRC for Low Carbon Living's (CRCLCL) Cooling Cities National Forum.
Our cities were designed for a world of the past. Private cars now clog our streets during peak hour and most daylight hours on weekends. Some Asian cities are jammed 24/7. So what should we do? Build more roads? Or build for the fast changes which are happening. Ride share and autonomous vehicles may dramatically reduce the vehicle fleet. The adoption of rooftop solar demonstrates how fast change can occur. Listen to the full episode here
Australia’s first official guide to cooling cities will be launched today at the inaugural Cooling Cities National Forum in Sydney.
Prepared by the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL), the Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies will help town planners, regulatory agencies, architects and developers mitigate urban heat islands and microclimates created by cities.
Australia’s first national guide designed to keep city dwellers cooler during hot weather by helping landscape architects, urban designers, planners, local authorities, government agencies and developers mitigate urban heat islands and microclimates created by cities, was launched today at the CRC for Low Carbon Living’s (CRCLCL) Cooling Cities National Forum.
Household energy use is a significant contributor to global carbon emissions. International policy is firmly moving towards technology-rich, low- and near-zero-energy homes. That is, buildings designed to reduce the need for additional heating, cooling and lighting. They use efficient or renewable energy technology to reduce the remaining energy use.
Read about our partnership with ASBEC and ClimateWorks on a project aimed at "develop[ing] an industry-led, evidence-based pathway for the adoption of ambitious long-term targets for the energy performance requirements in the National Construction Code."
In Professor Deo Prasad's latest article for Sourceable, he writes about encouraging changes to attitudes to low carbon living and energy creation.
A new report by the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) says Australia’s energy efficiency policy and regulation is not keeping up with market realities and best practices in other OECD countries, and has called for a comprehensive review to help Australia transition rapidly to the economically attractive low-carbon built environment of the future.