ARUP: 4 Reports surrounding Climate Change

The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World

New ways of measuring cities’ climate footprints show that C40 cities consumption-based emissions contribute to 10% of global greenhouse gases.

This report explores how cities consumption-based emissions need to reduce to avoid a climate breakdown and focuses on six sectors – food, construction, clothing, vehicles, aviation and electronics – where leaders, businesses and the public can take action to change consumption habits, significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The research sets out science-based targets for cities for GHG emissions reduction that are consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement ambitions, and identifies key previously untapped opportunities for cities to address the impact of urban consumption whilst delivering multiple other benefits for their citizens. It also maps how urban stakeholders can work together to deliver these changes.

The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5C World has been co-created and co-delivered by C40, Arup and University of Leeds with funding from Arup, University of Leeds and Citi Foundation.

Healthcare’s climate footprint

In collaboration with Health Care Without Harm, Arup has estimated the healthcare sector’s global climate footprint, establishing for the first time the significance of healthcare’s contribution to the climate emergency.

Healthcare’s climate footprint is 4.4% of the global total; meaning if it were a country, it would be the fifth largest emitter on the planet. With a footprint of this size, it becomes clear that healthcare can play a vital role in mitigating mankind’s climate impact.

The report also identifies key sources of emissions, a first step in establishing a routemap for healthcare’s transition towards a Paris Agreement-compliant emissions trajectory, thereby aligning global health goals with global climate goals.

2050 Scenarios: four plausible futures

What will the world look like in 2050? This report explores four plausible future scenarios based on the intersection between our planet’s health and societal conditions.

The four divergent futures – Humans Inc., Extinction Express, Greentocracy and Post Anthropocene – range from the collapse of our society and natural systems, to the two living in sustainable harmony.

It is our aim, through sharing this report, to inform decisions on the design and planning of the built environment, and show how progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals can drive change for our planet and outlook for humanity.

Exploring a health led approach to infrastructure

Health and wellbeing can be a powerful catalyst and lens through which to understand people and places and evaluate outcomes. This discussion paper explores the possibility of taking a health-led approach to infrastructure.

Infrastructure is fundamental to the resilience, health and wellbeing of communities, yet asset planning, investment and management across health & infrastructure systems is rarely well-aligned. A series of economic, environmental, social and political challenges is driving a new convergence between health, wellbeing and infrastructure, based around cross-sector collaboration and holistic, place-based responses.

Drawing on health sector innovation in asset-based community development and the shift in infrastructure towards social value and partnership working, the paper suggests a whole-system asset framework as a focus for collaborative design, planning and investment. In using this shared vision and asset framework, infrastructure investments might be aligned to support health & wellbeing outcomes for communities.