All impact case studies (sustainability)

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City traffic

Making car manufacturing sustainable

Research into local, sustainable car manufacturing has led to the development of a new business model, adopted by manufacturing companies.

Globe and magnifying glass

Rewriting global population forecasts

In-depth research by Dr Stuart Basten into Asian fertility helped convince the United Nations to revise its influential forecasts on future population trends, with particularly large effects for Pacific Asian economies.

School food

Making school food sustainable

Research on the procurement of school food has inspired the reform of public policy at national and local levels in England, Scotland and Wales.

Water pollution

Putting a price on nature

A methodology for assessing the economic value of freshwater and marine environmental systems has led to a more cost-benefit based approach to implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive in the UK.

Cooling towers

Low carbon technology to developing countries

Policy recommendations from the Sussex Energy Group have shaped the UK government's position for climate change negotiations, as well as informing the Chilean and Indian governments on technology transfer policies.

Litter bin

Environmental law website

A pioneering website providing public access to environment law information has been created by ESRC researchers at Cardiff University, working in partnership with the UK Environment Law Association.

Industrial emissions

Calculating carbon footprints

Research has quantified how consumer purchasing decisions drive carbon emissions - helping to develop PAS 2050, a business standard on carbon footprinting.

Landfill

Waste management

Research led by Professor Simin Davoudi investigating how policy and political pressures are influencing current processes across England have been central to new government guidance on waste policy.

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