Two-thirds of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are from burning fossil fuels for energy use in heating, electricity, transport and industry. To meet global climate ambitions and reduce GHG emissions, a scaling up of renewable energy generation is anticipated and electricity has a key role to play.
Historically, there has been a limit to the number of things that can run on electricity leading to reliance on fossil-fuel powered combustion engines. However, improvements in technology mean it is increasingly possible for these engines to be replaced with electricity in a process known as electrification.
Consider the electrification of cars. Until…
We live in a rapidly urbanising world. By 2050, two-thirds of the global population will live in cities (UN, 2018). Coupled with environmental urgency and a digital norm, huge challenges and opportunities exist in the built environment.
The built environment includes all of the physical parts of where we live and work (e.g., homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and infrastructure).
Sustainability in the built environment is top of mind and pressure is increasing from key stakeholders:
The concept of sustainability has been around since the earliest civilisations. Today, it is commonly defined as sustainable development.
Defined by the Brundtland Commission (United Nations, 1987): “sustainable development is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
So, to live sustainably is balancing our human needs with the natural environment. However, we live in an era where our needs are met instantly. On-demand is the norm but at what expense?
Our planet is beautifully diverse, complex and rare. …