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UCL-Energy seminar: THE CHALLENGE OF FUTURE CITIES- Dr Richard Miller, Head of Sustainability, Technology Strategy Board

17:45 - 19:00 12 February 2013

Location: UCL Energy Institute, Room GO1, Ground Floor, Central House

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As the world becomes progressively more urban, cities are a critical enabler of a sustainable future. At the same time they are challenged by increased population, changing demographics, environmental change and a range of resource crunches. City governments around the globe say that to have a successful future they need to deliver a thriving economy, great quality of life, and a reduced environmental impact. The problem is that this cannot be delivered by optimising individual infrastructure systems. We need to integrate city systems to enable new approaches. And the big market is existing cities, not greenfield developments.

The Technology Strategy Board has two programmes tackling this opportunity; the Future Cities Demonstrator and the Future Cities Catapult. The demonstrator programme supported 30 UK cities to look at the potential for innovation in systems integration, and the value it could bring. From these studies, Glasgow was selected to host the demonstrator and to try and make their vision a reality. Richard will be reporting on some of the key findings of the 30 studies, Glasgow’s ambitious programme, and how we will be making sure what is learned from this programme gets the widest distribution.

The Future Cities Catapult will be a world class technology and innovation centre that is under development. Richard will cover the current plans for the initial programme and investment and how cities, business and academics can engage with it.

About the speaker:

Richard is Head of Sustainability at the Technology Strategy Board. He has overall responsibility for developing and implementing a sustainability strategy across all of the Technology Strategy Board activities. He also has direct responsibility for programmes in Future Cities, Low-Impact Buildings, Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Resource Efficiency and Water. Richard is also currently leading the creation of a Future Cities Catapult Centre to support economic growth in this important sector, and developing a large scale Future Cities demonstrator programme.

Previously he developed and led the Low-Impact Buildings Innovation Platform; creating a programme to enable UK industry to meet the challenge of delivering buildings with a dramatically reduced environmental footprint over the next 10 years.


We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email  energy-events@ucl.ac.uk

The presentation will promptly start at 5.45pm and will be followed by drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm and the opportunity to network.

Admission is by ticket only, please remember to bring your Eventbrite ticket with you.

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