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Civic Partners in Net Zero

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April 23, 2024
Produced by the Key Cities Innovation Network, Civic Partners in Net Zero is a collection of peer-reviewed papers reporting on innovative approaches to universities working with their places to achieve net zero targets.

Building on the Key Cities report ‘Levelling up, emissions down’ (May 2023), this report presents six projects which have been selected not only for their local relevance but also their potential for replicating in other places. They cover a range of topics from tech innovation and policy development to engaging local communities and industry with climate science.

The featured innovations are:

  • Dynacov: pioneering new technology to enable recharging of electric vehicles (notably heavy goods and public service vehicles which will still be required in car-free cities) by dynamic recharging while driving over power-enabled public roads. (Coventry University and Coventry City Council)
  • The Morecambe Bay Curriculum: climate scientists and researchers working with educators in schools and colleges to weave sustainability and place into everyday teaching across all phases of education, in a collaboration inspired by the development of Eden Project Morecambe. (Lancaster University with Lancaster and Morecambe College)
  • Connecting policy and science for net zero carbon construction: trialling local planning policies to achieve low carbon outcomes that go far beyond national building regulations. (University of Bath and Bath & North East Somerset Council)
  • Ecological Citizens and Large Housing Estates of the Future: empowering communities and local industry to drive the net zero transition. (Wrexham University with ClwydAlyn Housing Association and local partners)
  • The promise of biotech: supporting a circular economy by deploying new technologies to recover waste and produce clean energy and fertilisers. (University of South Wales)
  • Stories in the Dust: researchers and a theatre company combine to engage primary school audiences emotionally with climate science. (University of Southampton and Stories in the Dust Theatre Company)

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