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Eurban Update

Vol. 10, September 2015
Dear reader,

We are proud to announce the first issue of the Eurbanlab Showcase series! By showcasing urban innovations we aim to share inspiring stories on sustainable urban development and increase our knowledge on its barriers and succesfactors. Our first issue features 'Venlo City Hall', a Cradle2Cradle inspired building, which will provide you with information on the sustainability, development process and lessons learned of this front-running project in the Netherlands. 

In our Newsflash we collected some interesting news-items you might have missed during your summer holidays. In this month's Featured Article, we've interviewed Etienne Cadestin who is Managing Director at Longevity Partners. We have asked him about his vision on sustainable cities and the development of renewable energy in the UK.

If you have something you would like to share with the community in our next Eurban Update, please feel free to send us an e-mail. Thank you for your interest in Eurbanlab!

Kind regards,

Roger Toussaint
In this version of our Eurban Update:

Showcasing Urban Innovation Newsflash Featured article

Showcasing Urban Innovation

One of the services offered by Eurbanlab is the Showcasing of urban innovations in our library, through our newsletters, public events and on our website. The aim is to share inspiring stories on sustainable urban development, thereby increasing our shared knowledge and awareness of successful innovations. Interested in Showcasing your innovation? Read about the possibilities on our website.

Venlo City Hall - A Cradle2Cradle inspired building

text: Javelin Creative Solutions

Venlo City Hall is one of the first and few construction projects in the Netherlands that has a clearly defined Cradle-to-Cradle ambition. Designed by Kraaijvanger Architects, the project aims to show that Cradle-to-Cradle inspired buildings are feasible and can represent a viable business case. Expected to open its doors in 2016, Venlo City Hall will mark the start of the municipality’s endeavor to become a circular economy in 2030.

The Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) philosophy expands on the general sustainability approach that seeks to reach eco-efficiency by reducing negative impacts on human and environmental health (...)

> View the full showcase...


Please find below the latest news from the Eurbanlab community, current topics in sustainable urban development and other short updates.
Interview by Duurzaam Gebouwd (NL)
Duurzaam Gebouwd (Sustainably Built) is a Dutch platform for the building industry. By connecting, communicating and activating, their aim is to support integrated collaboration in the Dutch construction- and real estate sector. Together with Tim van Dorsten, author at Duurzaam Gebouwd, Roger Toussaint explored the reasons behind deviating sustainability ambitions in the renovation of neighbourhoods. In the article he further explains the motivation, tools & services and future of the Eurbanlab initiative.
> Read more... (Dutch article)
Climate-KIC article: 'Eurbanlab innovation project now offering services'
An updated article on Eurbanlab and its services has been written by our partner 'Climate-KIC'.
> Read full article - via Climate-KIC
Energy labels
Eurbanlab now has a dedicated company page on Linkedin!
As part of our transition from a research programme to a start-up, Eurbanlab now has its own Company page on LinkedIN. You can find our new page here. Unfortunately this means that some of our previous contacts have been lost in translation. Please feel free to connect with us again on LinkedIN!
We also have our dedicated Eurbanlab Community page on LinkedIN to share information and insights on sustainable urban development with the rest of the community.

Been offline during your summer holidays?
Here's a quick overview of interesting news items you might have missed:
  • Less waste is being generated and recycling rates have improved in nearly every European country. However, Europe remains far from a circular economy (read more...).
  • London's iconic double-decker buses are going 100% electric - thanks to a Chinese manufacturer. Can London build the cleanest transport system (read more...)?
  • New solar panel coating could increase energy output by 30% (read more...).
  • The scariest part of climate change is what we don't know. Here's an overview of what we know and don't know (read more...).
  • The earth's ice is melting much faster than forecast. Here's why that's worrying (read more...)
  • Bizarre 'thirsty' concrete sucks up hundreds of gallons of water in less than a minute (read more...).
The technology, market and economic aspects of wind energy 

The European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) has released the third edition of its annual report on the technology, market and economic aspects of Wind Energy in Europe and the world.

Wind power is the renewable energy technology with the largest and most successful deployment over the last two decades, expanding from 3 GW to 370 GW of global cumulative capacity at the end of 2014. In Europe, 130 GW of both onshore and offshore wind installations are connected to the grid, and six countries (Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Romania and Germany) generate between 10 % and 40 % of their electricity from wind.

Wind energy will provide at least 12% of electricity in Europe by 2020, which is a very significant contribution to the 20/20/20 goals of the 2020 European energy and climate policy.

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Energy labels
Dutch Energy Label has little effect on the Sustainability of Buildings
The new Dutch Energy Agreement mandates that all buildings should have an energy label. But whether it will lead to the implementation of sustainability measures remains questionable. 
Half of climate safety level has gone
Global temperatures have risen by 1°C in the past 150 years, and one scientist says doubling that level could unleash catastrophic sea level rise this century.
When is a Smart City not so smart?
With cities worldwide racing to adopt technologies that automate services such as traffic control and street lighting, many aren’t doing enough to protect against cyberattacks. How easy is it to take out a Smart City with a cyberattack? 
Europe's greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 19% since 1990 despite a 45% increase in economic input
As a result, greenhouse gas emissions per euro of GDP fell by 44% over this period. EU per capita emissions declined from 11.8 tonnes of CO2-equivalent in 1990 to 9.0 tonnes in 2012.
McKinsey report: Circular economy could help bring €1.8 trillion benefit to Europe by 2030

Adopting circular-economy principles could not only benefit Europe environmentally and socially but could also generate a net economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030.
The Cost of Inaction? Roughly €6300 billion...

The asset management industry—and thus the wider community of investors of all sizes— is facing the prospect of significant losses from the effects of climate change. If we are unable to prevent a rise in temperature of 2 degrees Celsius, private investors are expected to face a loss of €3800 billion (a sum similar to the gross domestic product of Japan). The costs of inaction are, with an expected loss of €6300 billion, significantly higher…

The effects of climate change will directly damage assets through floods, droughts and severe storms. However, portfolios can also be harmed indirectly, through weaker growth and lower asset returns. Climate change is a long-term, probably irreversible problem beset by substantial uncertainty. Crucially, however, climate change is a problem of extreme risk: this means that the average losses to be expected are not the only source of concern; on the contrary, the outliers, the particularly extreme scenarios, may matter most of all.

> Read the full article...

Featured article

We aim to include a featured article in each newsletter. These articles provide in-depth information into current developments or interesting innovations. If you would like to contribute by sharing your insights, please send us an e-mail and submit your idea for the next newsletter!

Opinion: Sustainable cities & Renewable energy

an interview with Etienne Cadestin (Longevity Partners)

As part of our featured articles on sustainable development & innovations, we’ve interviewed Etienne Cadestin who is Managing Director at Longevity Partners in the UK. We asked him about sustainable city developments in Europe, but also about the developments in his own city. Moreover, we were curious to find out what he sees as the biggest challenge for developing sustainable city projects and how he sees the future of our cities.

What is a Sustainable City in your opinion, and what city do you see as an example for sustainable cities in Europe?
I see cities as clusters of complex inter-connected and inter-dependant systems.
Sustainable cities have systems that operate in a way that do not impact the environment negatively and have a positive impact on wellbeing and prosperity of its inhabitants. They use resources in a sustainable way (...).

> Read the full interview...
What is an Urban Innovation?
Eurbanlab defines Urban Innovations as "urban (re)development projects that incorporate systemic innovations, involving new or modified concepts, systems, products and/or techniques, that contribute to low-carbon, climate resilient development, on the scale of a street or upwards.
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