Novo Nordisk and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced a research-based partnership aimed at establishing that green policies in cities are beneficial to both the state of the environment and the health of their citizens. The collaboration will see the organisations’ expertise and specialist knowledge combine to generate new insights on a range of co-benefits of climate action – in particular the health of city populations.
At the heart of the partnership lies the pivotal role of cities in the fight against climate change and poor health. City lifestyles are contributing to the diabetes epidemic and two thirds of the world’s 415 million people living with the condition can be found in urban areas.1 Meanwhile, the rapid rise of cities accounts for two thirds of global energy consumption and more than 70% of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.2
From bike share schemes to adaptation efforts that lessen the impact of floods and heatwaves, civic leaders are already taking decisions that will reduce emissions and deliver additional benefits to their citizens. The research will help city leaders to build a case for other specific climate actions that will have the greatest impact on both emission reductions and improved health and prosperity.
“Mexico City has seen first-hand how policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions can have far-reaching positive effects on the health and wellbeing of our citizens,” said Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera. “This research will create the evidence base to confirm what every mayor within the C40 network knows; that environmental policies have benefits far beyond the narrow focus of reducing emissions.”
As a leader in the field of diabetes, Novo Nordisk brings to the partnership a deep understanding of how the condition affects individuals, families, health systems and societies. The partnership’s research will benefit from insights secured via the Cities Changing Diabetes study – the world’s largest study of urban diabetes led by University College London (UCL) and supported by Novo Nordisk.
“Improving the health of city dwellers has been a priority for Novo Nordisk since we initiated the Cities Changing Diabetes programme in 2014,” said Novo Nordisk executive vice president Jakob Riis. “By working with a world-renowned group in C40, we aim to help city leaders to develop and maintain urban environments that facilitate good health and prevent conditions such as diabetes.”
Commenting on the aims of the partnership, Mark Watts, executive director, C40 said “Each week 1.4 million people move into cities. Tackling climate change and reducing cities greenhouse gas emissions is not just important because of global warming but also for the health and well-being of urban citizens around the world. Green policies provide cleaner air, new jobs, increased city revenue and many other benefits. By more clearly identifying these co-benefits, C40 believes this research will allow mayors and urban policy makers to make an even stronger case for taking climate action in cities around the world.”
A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon
Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.
There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.
1. The Rise Of Smart Windows
When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.
If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.
2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs
If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.
Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.
3. Low-E Windows Taking Over
It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.
They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.
4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges
Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.
The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.
5. Improving Our Current LEDs
Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.
That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.
Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too
Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.
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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”
IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.
Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.
Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.
Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:
“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.
We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.
There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.
We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”
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