• Low-carbon cities: Lifestyle changes are necessary

Moriarty, Patrick and Wang, Stephen Jia, 2014, Journal Article, Low-carbon cities: Lifestyle changes are necessary Energy Procedia, 61 (1). pp. 2289-2292. ISSN 1876-6102

Abstract or Description:

Today, more than half the world's population live in cities, and the UN expect this figure to rise to two-thirds by 2050. Already, cities are responsible for an estimated 70% of global energy use. Cities must cut their energy use in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Urban Heat Island effect and urban air pollution, and global fossil fuel (especially oil) depletion. Available approaches include shifting to alternative energy, energy efficiency improvements, and energy conservation. We find that although both increased use of renewable energy and energy efficiency improvements are desirable, they will be unable to reduce significantly fossil fuel use by 2050. This is important because many researchers argue that large reductions in oil, and to a lesser extent other fossil fuels, will be needed within the next two decades, because of their mounting energy, monetary and environmental costs. Achieving the necessary large cuts in both fossil energy use and their accompanying emissions will, we argue, necessitate energy conservation, largely though lifestyle changes.

Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: Microsoft Research Asia funded project: Intelligent Sustainable Navigation Services (ISUNS), contractnumberFY14-RES-THEME-008
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2014.12.439
Date Deposited: 29 Dec 2017 12:53
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2018 14:30
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3105
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