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2 thoughts on “Eco-towns”
Could use a bit more details on the “Eco” side, as for the most part you could simply be describing “towns”. There’s much about what they intend, but not how. I guess that may be outside the scope of this paper; nonetheless, here’s a few questions.Any new revolutionary features in the eco housing? Or in the recycling of waste and water? What new provision will there be for electric vehicles, both public and personal; are they anticipating battery vehichles which recharge, or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles which need refuelling pumps? What’s going in the open spaces mentioned?And one possibly key point which isn’t mentioned, but which arises when you consider the comments about “half the journeys should not need a car” and “proximity to a big town or city”: How big, both geographically and in population, will an ecotown be?
Excellent questions!Now, from reading the other papers (not the one I did the translation for), they’re aiming for 5,000–10,000 homes per town.As for the rest, the paper basically says that what the government is doing is setting targets, for energy use, for recycling, water, etc. These targets far exceed the one set for us by the EU. How we reach those targets, the technology, the ways and means, are all up to the chosen developer, they just have to hit those targets.