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The Zero Energy concept: making the whole greater than the sum of the parts to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's objectives

Saheb, Y; Shnapp, S; Johnson, C; (2018) The Zero Energy concept: making the whole greater than the sum of the parts to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's objectives. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability , 30 pp. 138-150. 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.014. Green open access

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Abstract

Urban areas, which are expected to host more than two-thirds of the world's population by 2050, provide unique opportunities for the implementation of the radical policies needed to meet the Paris Climate objectives. Pioneer municipalities in Europe are leading the transformation needed to achieve zero energy and/or zero carbon communities by integrating policies across different sectors (buildings, transport, waste, water and energy supply). Critical factors identified through the analysis of existing initiatives include first, having clearly defined long-term targets, community boundaries and values, second, linking targets to community priorities such as economic development and urban renewal, and third, transposing long-term goals into milestones and short-term objectives to avoid discouraging the community. Challenges identified include first, capacity building, second, citizen participation and third, adequate project documentation as well as monitoring of the achievements.

Type: Article
Title: The Zero Energy concept: making the whole greater than the sum of the parts to meet the Paris Climate Agreement's objectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.014
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.014
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Zero energy/carbon communities, sustainable communities, urban/local governance, citizen engagement, local energy planning, local energy transition
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10058851
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