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Links for October 7th through October 9th

by Mel Starrs on October 13, 2011

in News

These are my links for October 7th through October 9th:

  • Tory green rhetoric is a lot of hot air – "It is easy, and can sound smart, to dismiss the notion of sustainable development as empty rhetoric. The planning critic Peter Marcuse has described sustainability as “a camouflaged trap for the well-intentioned unwary”"
  • Delivering low carbon buildings in practice | Magazine Comment | Building – What we've all been saying for years: "In a little under 10 years, all new buildings will supposedly be “zero-carbon”. But our analysis has highlighted the glaring gap between design and actual energy consumption. Even many of the “flagship” projects featured in the Low Carbon Buildings Programme have struggled to better “good practice” benchmarks for carbon emissions defined 20 years ago. Astonishingly, some of these buildings are using as much as five times more energy than their designers originally estimated."
  • Britain’s multinationals are selecting low carbon suppliers due to shareholder pressure – The study from the Carbon Trust Advisory of 100 senior managers found stark differences in the attitudes of UK and US supply chain decision makers towards carbon in the supply chain. In the UK, 56% of multinationals say that in the future they expect to drop suppliers based upon low carbon performance, whilst in the US, just 28% anticipated suppliers would be deselected on that basis.
  • CRC charts a new course – Modern Building Services – Good overview of proposed changes to CRC: "The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) recently published its proposals to simplify the Climate Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. Following discussions with businesses, industry, other scheme participants and regulators the scheme was criticised for its complexity and, as a result, the Government committed itself to simplifying the CRC EES and published a number of discussion papers earlier this year. DECC has now published the proposals for a simplified scheme, which are intended to be applied from the start of Phase 2 (2013) onwards."