Urban Metabolism of London

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Introduction to London Greater London, located in the south-east of England, is the top administrative subdivision covering London, England [1]. It has been covering the City of London and all 32 boroughs since 1965 which was when the administrative area was officially created [1]. It is the largest and most populated city in the European Union with an area of 1,579 km² and a population of 7,512,400 (mid 2006) [2][3][4]. For the remainder of this document, Greater London will be referred to as London. London is internationally recognized as a center of business, finance, media, entertainment and fashion. It has also had a global influence in politics, education, and art [2][3]. The city is a tourist destination for both domestic and…show more content…
Generating power with gas (as an alternative to coal) and increasing the use of renewable energy sources also seem like very suitable options [9]. Additionally, power generation with the use of wind and tidal energy proves a very convenient alternative to nuclear power generation in London and the UK in general. These sources can deliver twice the amount of electricity as new-age nuclear reactors and would require less time to be implemented, thus the convenience [12]. Over 30% of London’s water production is lost through leakages in its distribution system. This amount is “equivalent to the volume needed to fill about 350 Olympic swimming pools every day” [9]. Economically reasonable solutions related to efficient water distribution and repairs would prove to be very beneficial by reducing London’s total water consumption. Waste treatment in London is not very energy-efficient or economical which is a cause for high taxes. An interesting alternative, in addition to recycling, is for household waste to be burned or converted to biogas to be used as a source of energy which can provide thousands of households with heat and electricity [13][14]. Small changes, if introduced in many areas, usually have a large effect. The insulation of Victorian houses, for instance, can have a large impact on energy consumption in the winter [9]. Another suggestion would be
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