New Observatory! Energy and Environmental Observatory of Kent, UK

Data4Action

Kent’s data observatory has been incorporated as a priority within the Kent Environment Strategy. This, along with endorsement of the strategy across all local authorities in Kent, supports the long-term legacy of the observatory.Kent County Council is a strategic level authority which works with partners from local authorities, business and communities. Together the partnership has identified a number of high level priorities in terms of environment and related economic and health outcomes, which reflect key challenges and opportunities which the county faces with air quality, energy, transport, water, resources, severe weather, land-use change and biodiversity. Those priorities form the basis of the Kent Environment Strategy and delivery will be met through an implementation plan and the actions and activities detailed within it. Together these form our sustainable energy action plan (SEAP) incorporating wider socio-economic outcomes.
As public sector resources are increasingly stretched, it has never been more important to ensure that every decision, policy and project has a clear evidence based justification, and as part of the consultation on the strategy a central evidence base has emerged as a key need across our partners.
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150 countries pledge to curb carbon emissions

“Some 150 countries representing around 90% of the world’s carbon emissions have now filed pledges to curb them, dramatically increasing the chances of a deal at the Paris climate summit in December. The promises made so far would still put the world on track for dangerous global warming rise of 3C (around 9F). But they […]

New interactive maps show Thermal resources available in regions

The EU-funded STRATEGO project recently published the Pan-European Thermal Atlas (PETA), an interactive map that shows data on the thermal resources available in any region as well as EU-wide thermal demand. PETA maps heat and cooling demand, the local density of both demands, available waste heat resources and the potential for renewable energy sources. Using […]

Consultation: Harmonized transport carbon footprinting measures

Stakeholders consultation on sustainable transport: promoting the development of harmonised carbon footprinting measures for both freight and passenger transport services in Europe. Consultation period: 21/03/2014 – 13/06/2014 Background Carbon footprinting is a method to generate data about the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of transport operations on an aggregated level of a company, or more detailed, […]

The new guidebook to develop 2030 Action Plans

The new guidebook on “How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)” has been released by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. Now aligned with the 2030 Covenant of Mayors target, the guidebook has been enriched with information on climate change adaptation, which is one of the three pillars of the movement in […]