Economics of Low Carbon Cities

What is the most effective and efficient way to decarbonise a city? There are thousands of low carbon options available and, although they present a significant opportunity to reduce energy bills and carbon footprints, there is often a lack of reliable information on their performance. The higher the levels of risk and uncertainty that emerge as a result of this lack of reliable information can be a major barrier to action, making it hard to develop a political, business or social case for investment in low carbon options.

In an attempt to address this problem, Andy Gouldson, Professor of Sustainability Research; Director - ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy at the University of Leeds, has been working with the Centre for Low Carbon Futures to evaluate the cost and effectiveness of a wide range of existing low carbon options that could be applied in households, industry, commerce and transport. The research explores the scope for the deployment of these options at the city-scale, along with the analysis of the associated investment needs, financial returns, carbon savings and implications for the economy and employment.

About the speaker

Andy Gouldson has nearly 20 years of experience working on a wide range of issues relating to environmental policy and management. He is professor of sustainability research, and from January 2006 to June 2009 was Director of the Sustainability Research Institute, at the University of Leeds. He is currently a Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and is leading a project on the prospects for a low carbon, climate resilient regional economy for the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.

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June 09, 2012 10:30 - 12:00 (GMT +08:00 Hong Kong)

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