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Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 21:47
The Global Opportunity Report is an annual report identifying 15 great opportunities for sustainable development. It also measures how attractive these are to decision-makers and influencers globally. The report contributes a unique new perspective on how we address sustainability challenges. Going beyond traditional cost-benefit and Life Cycle Analyses, we adopt a broader view in order to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 10:24
The 2015 edition of the Global Risks report completes a decade of highlighting the most significant long-term risks worldwide, drawing on the perspectives of experts and global decision-makers. Over that time, analysis has moved from risk identification to thinking through risk interconnections and the potentially cascading effects that result. Taking this effort one step further, this year’s ... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:26
A National Urban Policy is a coherent set of decisions derived through a deliberate government-led process of coordinating and rallying various actors for a common vision and goal that will promote more trans-formative, productive, inclusive and resilient urban development for the long term. As such an national urban policy is often an interactive process. The purpose of this publication is to... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 10:37
This guide outlines the factors that influence the set up and effective operation of a non-state actor mechanism in the land sector, particularly during a land reform process. Non-state actors (NSA) for the purpose of this guide include civil society organizations, the private sector and professional associations. A land sector non-state actor (LSNSA) mechanism is a means by which a group of NSAs... Read more
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 23:18
A report on Emerging Trends in Real Estate in Europe for 2015 shows that Europe’s real estate industry expects to be busier and more profitable in 2015. This optimism is clear, despite weak fundamentals and economic conditions as well as an undercurrent of concern about the geopolitical situation in parts of the world. The confidence comes from the availability of capital. Real estate is awash... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 10:30
This report is part of the eighth annual report T&E has published on progress in reducing CO2 emissions and improving the fuel efficiency of cars. This document focuses on average new car emissions in different Member States and highlights the effectiveness (or otherwise) of their different taxation policies in encouraging the purchase of lower carbon cars. For all petrol and diesel vehicles... Read more
Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 11:38
Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility argues that the development of sustainable urban transport systems requires a conceptual leap. The purpose ‘transportation’ and ‘mobility’ is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods. Thus access is the ultimate objective of transportation. As a result, urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and places... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 09:48
The world is moving towards a crucial new climate agreement in 2015, which could provide the long needed global plan to slow down climate change and enable humanity to adapt to the unavoidable part of a changing climate. While recognizing that some climate change is unavoidable, global leaders at the 2010 Cancun Climate Conference1 agreed to limit global warming to 2 °C in this century, relative... Read more
Posted on Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:36
With government representatives having just gathered in Lima, Peru, to discuss cuts in their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the timing is ripe to discuss the role of the world’s business sector in likewise reducing emissions. Are the world’s 500 largest businesses (Global 500) reducing their GHG emissions at a rate consistent with the global scientific consensus on the risks of climate change?... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 10:49
Part of a series of four entitled Urban Patterns for a Green Economy, this guide explores the compact city and its benefits within the developed and developing world’s contexts. The guide illustrates how the compact city concept and planned (versus unplanned) urban extension can support sustainable urban patterns that benefit the functioning of developed as well as developing world cities.... Read more