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Contributing to a healthy, low-carbon built environment

Our work on built environment choices has contributed to a fundamental shift in global understanding of the possible health impacts of carbon mitigation measures.

Our research has:

  • informed London’s Climate Change Adaptation Strategy;
  • led to changes in the Building Regulations for England and Wales;
  • produced a tool used by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change to inform aspects of its Energy Efficiency Strategy;
  • increased policy-makers’ awareness and understanding of the health implications of energy efficiency policies; and
  • informed the development of World Health Organisation guidance.

It has been funded by various bodies, including the:

  •     EPSRC;
  •     DCLG;
  •     DECC;
  •     NERC; and
  •     Wellcome Trust.

For more information, please contact Mike Davies.

Reduction in UK carbon emissions through use of white light for street lighting

IEDE research has led to the adoption of white light throughout the UK, enabling an energy saving of 30–40% while providing better quality street lighting.

Conservative estimates suggest that this changeover to white light saved 113 GWh of electricity in 2012, and thus reduced the UK emissions of CO2 by 45.5 megatons.

The original research was funded by ESPRC. The results of the work has kick-started a much closer examination of the needs of pedestrians on streets at night. Work in this area is continuing in the EPSRC-funded MERLIN project.

For more information, please contact Peter Raynham.