Sustainable Development and Climate Change

K. S. Getvoldsen, T. E. Butt, C. House, Francisco Manuel Freire Cardoso Ferreira

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The sustainable development philosophy can be regarded as the most multi- and interdisciplinary field. On the other hand, climate change, which is relatively a new field, has yet been evolving as another significantly multi- and interdisciplinary field. Both, the sustainable development and climate change have many factors in common ranging from socio-economic to the environment. However, commonality between the two has so far been studied insufficiently. This paper is to advance knowledge in this direction, specifically considering the Climate Change Act 2008 of the UK that legally binds the country to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG). By employing the UK housing sector as a case study, it is demonstrated via numerical calculations that even partly insulating the existing UK housing stock, legal targets of the Act can almost be met for that sector. Links are also drawn between climate change and sustainable development and that how addressing climate change can directly and indirectly help meeting the national sustainability agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sustainability Science and Research
EditorsWalter Leal Filho
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-63007-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-63006-9
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
ISSN (Print)2199-7373
ISSN (Electronic)2199-7381


  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development
  • Greenhouse gases (GHG)
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy management
  • Climate Change Act 2008
  • climate change


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