Merton Council, UK
Merton is situated in South West London just 30 minutes away
from the city centre. Mitcham, Morden and Wimbledon were merged
to form the London Borough of Merton in 1965. The borough's
main claim to fame is the Wimbledon tennis tournament held each
Council has a strong commitment to sustainable development,
and has implemented many initiatives that address energy usage
and other environmental issues. It has been the first authority
in the UK to adopt a planning policy that requires all new
commercial developments to incorporate renewable energy infrastructure
into their buildings. Merton works very closely with the London
regional government to drive forward sustainable urban planning
projects such as the Morden Zero Emissions Development (MorZED)
and the Mitcham Urban Village scheme.
Merton is promoting sustainable development
through its planning policies and aims to be a leading authority
in this area. It has prepared a sustainability checklist for
development control decisions operated since 1996. It was
one of the first Council's to undertake a comprehensive Sustainability
Appraisal of its Development Plan in 1998 that provided a
detailed framework for preparing consistant policies to promote
sustainable forms of development. In 1999 the Council published
Supplementary Planning Guidance on Sustainable Development.
It is now preparing a series of Mini Guides for sustainable
construction and a Householders Guide to sustainable buildings.
The Council is also seeking 10% renewable enrgy on larger
development schemes in the Borough.
Regeneration Division has built up a strong community LA21
partnership based around the Merton Environment and Safety
Forum that promotes sustainable development in businesses,
schools, community groups and to residents. The borough has
established international links with academics and practitioners
at institutions in Massachusetts (WPI and MIT), Italy (Bologna
University and City of Venice) and Catalonia (Catalonian Institute
of Energy). It has been a lead partner in European Union funded
transnational programmes such as ADAPT which involved community,
business, and public sector organizations.
State Energy Development Agency (HAREDA), India
HAREDA is a state government undertaking in Haryana and is a
key agency for formulating and implementing policies and plans.
It assists the state government and Government of India in efforts
to develop, promote and diffuse Non-conventional and New and
Renewable Sources of Energy (NRSE) and technologies and promote
energy conservation measures and solve problems arising from
the depletion of conventional sources of energy and pollution
caused by their existing uses thereby promoting cleaner energy
technologies. It is also engaged in several information dissemination
activities so as to promote non-conventional/alternate sources
of energy and energy conservation/efficiency improvement. HAREDA
is also responsible for implementing the Energy Conservation
Act, 2001, in Haryana.
Institut Cerdà is an independent, neutral and non-profit
making private foundation which collaborates with public and
private organizations in order to develop innovative projects
and initiatives. Institut CERDÀ concentrates on action
in four areas: Energy and Buildings, Logistics and Distribution,
Environment, and Information Technologies.
Renue is a not-for-profit organization promoting sustainable
use and generation of energy by training renewable energy
installers, installing small scale renewable energy demontration
projects, providing educational material to schools, and by
promoting and giving advice to the public and government bodies.
Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
A unique developing-country institution with a global vision
and a local focus, TERI was established in 1974. The genesis
of TERI’s research activities in the field of energy,
environment, and sustainable development activities lies in
its firm belief that efficient utilization of energy, sustainable
use of natural resources, large-scale adoption of renewable
energy technologies, and reduction of all forms of waste would
move the process of development towards the goal of sustainability.
While TERI is deeply committed to every aspect of global sustainable
development, its roots are firmly entrenched in Indian soil.
All activities in TERI move from formulating local- and national-level
strategies to suggesting global solutions to critical energy
and environment-related issues. Today, TERI is poised for
future growth, driven by a philosophy that emphasises and
assigns primacy to enterprise in government, industry, and
has been working in the area of sustainable buildings for
a long time and it’s initiatives amply demonstrate its
experience and expertise in designing sustainable habitats.
In addition to developing the eco-friendly RETREAT (Resource
Efficient TERI Retreat for Environmental Awareness and Training)
in Gurgaon and the offices complexes at Bangalore and Mukteshwar,
TERI is actively involved in energy conservation and the design
of energy efficient buildings. TERI professionals have authored
several books and popular publications on sustainable buildings
and regularly conduct training programmes/workshops and seminars
in this area.