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15 May 2005
A forum for this debate explores the challenge of building a "Zero Carbon City".

As posters in this strand explore, the rate of population growth, energy supply and traffic congestion are some of the challenges to meet when trying to build more sustainable and pleasant cities.

Among the other factors is the energy demand of the housing stock - an issue already explored by authors in our debate. Bill Dunster shows it is possible to radically reduce demand in new build. Dan Damon explores some of the problems of making radical cuts in energy use without a total redesign.

A middle way between these two scenarios, perhaps, is the 40% House project at Oxford University, which looks at how normal households in a rich industrialised nation like Britain could cut energy use by almost two thirds and increase their quality of life at the same time.

There is a talk about this project at the Energy Institute in London this coming 18 May. You can book a place by e mailing [email protected]

The oD forum is here.

Caspar Henderson

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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