AcceLerate Innovation in urban wastewater management for Climate changE
The challenges facing society in urban wastewater management cannot
be solved by any one sector alone. ALICE (AcceLerate Innovation in urban
wastewater management for Climate changE) will accelerate innovation by
bringing together and exchanging knowledge between the key players who
can, together, address the future techno-economic, governance and
societal challenges arising from climate change. It will boost
international and interdisciplinary skills, as well as careers
perspective of Experienced Researchers, Early Stage Researchers, and the
workforce of industry, water utilities and public organizations. The
results will 1) benefit water utilities, 2) support political and
managerial decisions in wastewater, 3) benefit wastewater equipment
manufacturers, identifying new market opportunities in the EU, 4)
benefit EU citizens from the improved wastewater infrastructure, the
environment and job creations.
Consumers do not minimize the total costs of their energy-consuming investments due to a range of market and non-market based failures. This is known as the ‘Energy Efficiency Gap’. To reduce the gap and provide customers with energy consumption information, the EU has mandated that electrical appliances, cars and buildings carry information to indicate their energy consumption.
There is a large knowledge gap in terms of understanding which factors are salient in consumers’ decisions, the relative importance of these factors and how these factors change by consumer group and product type. The key idea behind CONSEED is to understand how consumers make decisions which involve an energy component, and to make (energy) operating costs more salient to consumers at the point of purchase to increase efficient behaviour.
Enabling the Energy Union through understanding the drivers of individual and collective energy choices in Europe
The Energy Union Framework Strategy laid out on 25 February 2015 has embraced a citizens-oriented energy transition based on a low-carbon transformation of the energy system. The success of the energy transition pillar in the Energy Union will hinge upon the social acceptability of the necessary reforms and on the public engagement in conceptualizing, planning, and implementing low carbon energy transitions. The ENABLE.EU project will aim to define the key determinants of individual and collective energy choices in three key consumption areas - transportation, heating & cooling, and electricity – and in the shift to presumption (users-led initiatives of decentralised energy production and trade).
Diseño de una Metodología para La Evaluación de la Sostenibilidad de Planes de Remediación de Suelos
El proyecto REMEDISOST pretende desarrollar una metodología rigurosa, fiable y robusta que consiga realizar un análisis y evaluación de la sostenibilidad de los distintos planes de remediación de suelos contaminados que, desde el punto de vista técnico, permitan recuperar un suelo desde una situación inicial de contaminación hasta una situación final acorde con el uso que se pretende dar al suelo.
Políticas climáticas y transición a una economía baja en carbono
El principal objetivo de este proyecto de investigación es
contribuir al avance del conocimiento científico para promover la
reducción de emisiones de carbono y favorecer la transición a una
economía baja en carbono. Este proyecto está orientado, específicamente,
a adquirir nuevos conocimientos que permitan avanzar en la resolución
del Reto 5 ("Acción sobre el cambio climático y eficiencia en la
utilización de recursos y materias primas") identificado en la
Estrategia Española de Ciencia y Tecnología y de Innovación.
With most of its population and capital goods concentrated in urban areas, cities are key to the European economy. One of the major challenges cities face are more frequent extreme weather events due to climate change. The current diversity of approaches and methods available for cities developing an adaptation strategy limits the comparability between cities of vulnerabilities, adaptation options, infrastructures, etc., and, as a result, the resilience capability. The lack of standardized information to prioritize and select appropriate adaptation options restricts the exchange of experiences between cities.
DEltas, vulnerability and Climate Change; Migration as an Adaptation
With their large and often poor populations in low-lying areas, deltas have long been seen as highly vulnerable to climate change and non-climate drivers with, in the most extreme, large-scale displacement of people being the result. Migration is a complex process which is already occurring in all deltas, largely independent of climate change. Most research on deltas and migration tends to focus on individual system elements and issues rather than taking a systems-level perspective. This fails to consider the wider consequences of climate change and the interdependence between these phenomena and people’s behaviour. In contrast to previous research, this programme of research will take a systemic and multi-scale analytical perspective to understand gendered vulnerability and adaptation in deltas under a changing climate by analysing four contrasting populous delta systems in South Asia and Africa where there is significant potential for migration.
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