PSI sustainability news round-up

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PSI NEWS
PSI researchers present at Oxford complexity conference
PSI’s Ben Shaw and Pete Barbrook-Johnson will be presenting on ‘Dealing with complexity when evaluating environmental policies’ at a conference, We Need to Talk About Complexity, at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. Their presentation will focus on the work of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), a £3m national research centre hosted by the University of Surrey in which PSI is playing a leading role.

Dr Kevin Burchell on how to generate ‘policy impact’
This week, Kevin spoke at a University of Westminster research conference, offering some insights from the recent Urban Heat project. One important lesson was that generating ‘impact’ requires conducting specific ‘impact’ activities, which are often time-consuming, alongside research activities. Kevin also spoke about issues relating to policy engagement and participatory action research at an event in Glasgow event last week.

UK GENERAL ELECTION

UK could ditch its important role in global fight against climate change
Independent, 9 June 2017
The uncertainty caused by a hung parliament and the Brexit negotiations, combined with a deal by the Conservatives with the DUP, could leave the UK faltering in its commitments, say environmentalists.

Did Michael Gove really try to stop teaching climate change?
BBC News, 12 June 2017
The appointment of the new Environment Secretary has prompted claims he tried to remove the teaching of climate change when he was Education Secretary. But the truth may be more complicated.

SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
Denmark is killing Tesla (and other electric cars)
Bloomberg, 2 June 2017
Sales of electrically chargeable vehicles (ECV), which include plug-in hybrids, plunged 60.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year, compared with the first three months of 2016, thanks to the phasing out of large tax breaks.

CLIMATE CHANGE
The fight against climate change: four cities leading the way in the Trump era
Guardian, 12 June 2017
New York City, Houston, Miami and San Francisco have all taken steps to mitigate the risks associated with rising sea levels and global temperatures. Are their successes a blueprint for action at the state and local level?

EU says no extra emission cuts to fill gap left by US after Paris withdrawal
Guardian, 6 June 2017
Campaigners in call to action as it emerges EU does not intend to make extra cuts to account for US withdrawal from Paris deal.

ENERGY
Winds of change: gusts across Europe help set renewable power record
Guardian, 7 June 2017
Nuclear, wind and solar power in UK each generated more electricity than gas and coal combined for first time ever.

Statoil plans for changes to global energy mix with oil demand potentially peaking in 2030
City AM, 8 June 2017
Oil major is working towards a goal of allocating 15 to 20 per cent of its annual investments towards new energy solutions by 2030 in order to stay competitive in the market.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
BSI launches world’s first circular economy standard
Resource, 5 June 2017
BSI 8001 aims to aid the navigation of the tricky transition period for businesses towards a circular model, outlining what the circular economy is and providing guidelines for the implementation of more sustainable practices.

The circular economy enters the world stage, with Finland leading the way
Guardian, 6 June 2017
A revolutionary concept for the way economies work is moving into the mainstream, with 1,500 key players discussing it in Helsinki last week.