Centre for Environment and Sustainability

The blog of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey.

How do we govern climate action?: the case of Surrey – improvisatory and compensatory governance for Net Zero

Ian Christie and Erica Russell 13th November 2023 How should we govern the complex and urgent task of transition to a zero-carbon economy? Much work has been undertaken to understand and organise effective climate governance in big cities, with international networks such as C40 Cities continuing to develop and exchange best practice. But, of course, […]

Review of “The business of less: The role of companies and households on a planet in peril” by Roland Geyer (Routledge: London, 2022)

Roland Geyer’s new book The Business of Less starts with a vivid vignette – taking us back to 1991 and the realization by CES’s founder Prof. Roland Clift that a radical rethinking was needed about pollution, resources, economics and sustainability. Incremental ‘course corrections’ to industrial development could not possibly be enough in the face of […]

How much does a heat pump actually cost?

Are Ground Source Heat Pumps or Air Source Heat Pumps the future of UK home heating systems? What is the actual installation cost? With the plans for the UK to cut its carbon emissions by 78% by 2035 and to net zero by 2050, there is an urgent need to rethink how homes in the […]

Stéphanie Looser Obituary

It is with great sadness, shock and disbelief that I have to report of the sad and sudden loss of Stephanie Looser, one of our Visiting Research Fellows, who passed away on 10 March. Our sympathy and support and empathy extends of course to her family, boyfriend and friends, who we hope will take heart that […]

Net Zero Leisure Centre Project

MSc graduate, Joseph Granado, shares blog 1-5 about a placement project he had with Cranleigh Parish Council.           Cranleigh Parish’s aims to design and construct a new leisure centre, with the goal of the structure being carbon neutral. While reaching net zero is not impossible, given the advancement in building techniques and technology, the method of […]

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