SECURE (SElf Conserving URban Environments)

This is the website for the EPSRC funded SECURE (SElf Conserving URban Environments) project (February 2011 to January 2015).

Wind farm picture  By 2050, the United Kingdom population is projected to approach 80 million, the overwhelming majority of which are anticipated to continue to live in cities. Nationally, urban areas are likely to become more densely populated, with increasing resource demands. The growth in urban populations coincides with an unprecedented requirement for an 80 percent cut in the UK greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990 levels by 2050, together with air quality targets set by the EU Air Quality Directive. This puts energy demand reduction and low-carbon energy supply at the forefront of managing future urban environments.

Reductions in the use of centrally supplied energy by buildings and less polluting transport systems are key planks of the UK carbon reduction strategy. Major emissions cuts are also required from the food sector, which contributes 22% of greenhouse gas emissions from UK economic activity, a third of which is attributable to household consumption.

The SECURE project addresses the grand challenge of integrating greater conservation and more efficient resource utilisation across scales to meet future urban demands. SECURE is developing a Regional Urbanisation Model that synthesises resource-supply-demand-waste systems from city and local authorities to regional scales via the integration of three themes – Urbanisation (land use and transport), Building and Energy (supply and demand) and Ecosystem Services (the benefits humans receive from ecosystems).

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