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Published: 28 October 2015

Urban Metabolism: a Review in the UK Context

A new report looking at energy and materials use in cities and the implications for environmental sustainability is published today on the gov.uk website.

The report titled "Urban Metabolism: a Review in the UK Context" was commissioned as part of the UK government's Foresight Future of Cities Project

CES academics Roland Clift, Angela Druckman and Ian Christie are authors alongside Chris Kennedy and James Keirstead.

From the gov.uk website:

Urban metabolism analysis looks at cities as though they are a living organism. It considers all the processes that occur in cities:

  • inflows of material and energy resources
  • outflows of wastes and emissions
  • retention of materials as stock in buildings and infrastructure

This report explores issues of urban metabolism and the implications for environmental sustainability.

It is freely available for download from the gov.uk website.