Cities like Paris may be optimal urban form for reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Professor Francesco Pomponi led research in partnership with researchers at CU Boulder on a study that finds that low-rise, high-density environments like those found in Paris are the optimal urban form when looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over their whole life cycle.  The built environment is a big contributor to carbon emissions, global energy demand, resource consumption and waste generation.  The work, recently published in journal Urban Sustainability, builds on a growing debate around the design of future 

Francesco Pomponi said: “We developed a novel urban density metric to measure things up as accurately as possible.  Our results show that density is indeed needed for a growing urban population, but height isn’t….”  Jay Arehart, an author on the paper and instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering spent a year at Edinburgh Napier University conducting research with Francesco Pomponi.

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Read journal article:  ‘Decoupling density from tallness in analysing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of cities’ – Francesco Pomponi; Ruth Saint; Jay H Arehart; Niaz Gharavi; Bernardino D’Amico.

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