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Multi‐functionality of nature‐based and other urban sustainability solutions: New York City study
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering. (Environmental Management and Assessment)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1640-8946
2018 (English)In: Land Degradation and Development, ISSN 1085-3278, E-ISSN 1099-145X, Vol. 29, p. 3653-3662Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In an increasingly urban world, developing sustainable cities is crucial for global sustainability. Urban nature-based solutions (NBS), such as green infrastructure, are often promoted for their potential to provide several urban services. These include storm-water mitigation, improving energy efficiency of buildings and carbon emissions mitigation, but few studies have compared the multi-functionality of NBS to conventional urban solutions providing similar services. Fewer yet have acknowledged the indirect resource (specifically Climate, Land, Energy, Water (CLEW) nexus) impacts that these solutions may have. This paper analyses these aspects, employing a simple CLEW nexus accounting framework, and attempts a consistent comparison across different resource systems. The comparison includes direct and indirect impacts of a set of stylized – and diverse – solutions, each with different primary objectives: green roofs, representing a multi-functional urban NBS; permeable pavements targeting mitigation of storm-water flows; window retrofits targeting energy efficiency; and roof-top PV installations targeting CO2 emissions mitigation. The results highlight both the direct and total (CLEW nexus) impacts of green roofs on storm-water retention, energy use, and CO2 emissions. However, also for the studied conventional solutions with primarily a single direct function, CLEW nexus impacts spread across all measured dimensions (energy, water, CO2) to varying degrees. Although the numerical results are indicative and uncertainty needs to be further assessed, we suggest that the development of this type of multi-functional, multi-system assessment can assist urban sustainability planning, with comprehensive and consistent comparison of diverse (NBS and conventional) solutions.    

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 29, p. 3653-3662
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Land and Water Resources Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-232372DOI: 10.1002/ldr.3113ISI: 000447651700036Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85052812267OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-232372DiVA, id: diva2:1234090
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StandUpSwedish Research Council Formas, 2015-01304; 2016-02045
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Available from: 2018-07-23 Created: 2018-07-23 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved

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