Energy’s role in the economy

energyinsights

An event run by the CIED and CIEMAP Centres in collaboration with BEIS and UKERC looked at the role energy plays in economic growth. The Energy Return on Investment (EROI) workshop brought together delegates from the world of finance, policy and research to look at how the amount of energy […]

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CIEMAP Waste Crime article

waste crime

CIEMAP’s Christine Cole’s piece on waste crime explores the growing problem of illicit disposal of unwanted rubbish in the UK. The Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products’ Dr Christine Cole (Nottingham Trent University) delves into the messy business of organised illegal dumping and destruction of waste. Dr Cole notes […]

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More autonomy, more problems?

automated vehicles

CIED’s Tim Schwanen argues that vehicle autonomy may lead to more transport problems in a new Guardian article. Entitled ‘Peak car? Driverless technology may actually accelerate car ownership‘, the piece goes through some of the potential pitfalls beneath the hype on driverless vehicles. Professor Schwanen (of the University of Oxford […]

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Research celebrated at EUED Gala

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The End Use Energy Demand Centres Gala took place in Lancaster on 3rd & 4th July with 100 delegates from the six centres networking and sharing findings. The event – held at the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) – began with presentations from Lancaster University Faculty of Arts and […]

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Counting the cost of carbon

carbon

The researchers revolutionising the way we look at energy, the economy and carbon emissions.   Look around you. Everything you see from laptops, mobile phones and TVs to cars, buildings and aeroplanes take energy to produce, energy to maintain and energy to dispose of. This energy enables modern life and […]

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Can bio-foam send polystyrene packing?

bio-foam

A new blog from the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) looks at a new form of bio-foam packaging that may reduce energy demand and waste. CSEF researchers are developing a novel process for cost-effective bio-foam production. Packaging foams such as polystyrene are derived from fossil fuels […]

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Cooking with (hydrogen) gas

cooking

A new CSEF blog reports on a project using solar power to create hydrogen as a cleaner, safer cooking fuel in developing countries. Researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF)’s Manchester University team report that in some countries using fossil fuels and biomass for preparing […]

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Resource efficiency – the best of both worlds?

resource efficiency

Meet the researchers exploring a unique opportunity to align industrial and climate change policy through resource efficiency. Green economy A booming industrial sector and a big push to meet CO2 emissions targets may at first glance seem to be contradictory goals. But new research from the Centre for Industrial Energy, […]

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Avoid, shift, reduce: new DEMAND transport blog

transport

A new blog from Greg Marsden of the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) at Leeds looks at the different approaches to reducing transport energy demand. Professor Marsden’s blog – entitle ‘Can we reduce the amount of energy we use for transport?’ outlines the three main approaches of ‘avoid, shift, reduce’ […]

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How do we feel about the circular economy?

circular economy

CIEMAP’s Cardiff team joined forces with the Green Alliance on 11th May to look at public perceptions of the circular economy with a group of 30 high-level guests, writes Dr Catherine Cherry.   How would you feel about having your TV repaired instead of buying a new one? Or sharing […]

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CIEMAP blog on repair revolution

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CIE-MAP’s Christine Cole and Alex Gnanapragasm’s blog in the The Conversation reveals how the repair of electrical goods is on the rise. In a blog entitled ‘Community repair: a pop-up alternative to the throwaway society‘ the two Nottingham Trent University researchers document the rise of people repairing faulty household electrical […]

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CIE-Map in Japan

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Members of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) visited Kamakura, Japan for the 24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (LCE 2017). The conference is run by the College International pour la Recherche en Productique (CIRP) . Subtitled ‘the next stage of sustainable manufacturing in IoT Era’ […]

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Understanding Energy Demand – EPSRC guest blog

understanding energy

EUED Centres Coordinator James O’Toole contributes a guest blog to the EPSRC website describing the work of the Centres. The post offers a brief overview of the work the Centres are carrying out towards the overall goal of reducing energy demand in the UK.  Read the blog on the EPSRC […]

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CIED blog on automated vehicles

automated vehicles

A new blog from CIED’s Suzanne Fisher-Murray explores the implications of potential ‘radical innovations’ in automated vehicles in the freight industry. The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) held a workshop in London on 20th March jointly organised with the University of Oxford Transport Studies Unit. Stakeholders gathered to […]

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A wolf in lamb’s clothing?

food chains

A blog on the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) site looks at the lifecycle of meat products and the energy used in producing them.  The blog is based on the work of a project entitled ‘A review of the energy consumption in the UK fresh meat […]

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Next dimension of building energy modelling?

energy modelling

UCL’s Steve Evans and Dr Rob Liddiard on a new kind of 3D modelling that is giving a deeper understanding of energy use in buildings and premises.   Imagine having an explorable 3D map of all the shops and offices in a town or city. For researchers and policymakers trying […]

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The future of office work

future of office work

A new DEMAND Centre Research Insight looks into the future of office work and the potential benefits and pitfalls of mobile and flexible working. We hear a lot about flexible, agile and mobile working as ways of making more efficient use of office space and offering workers greater freedom in […]

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