Thermodynamic analysis and UK energy demand

thermodynamic

Geoff Hammond of the University of Bath describes the CIE-MAP Centre’s work seeking thermodynamic insights on energy demand reduction and circular economy interventions. Thermodynamics and the energy sector Thermodynamics are crucial to our understanding of the energy sector and the constraints on its development. The field of study provides an […]

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EUED on sustainable transport

sustainable transport

A selection of work on the social, technical and economic tools being developed by the End Use Energy Demand Centres to increase sustainable transport.   Transport is widely recognised as a sector with much capacity for reducing energy demand (and thus greenhouse gas emissions), yet little has been done in […]

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Getting a reaction? Demand reduction in the chemicals sector

chemicals sector

Geoff Hammond describes the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products’ evaluation of energy demand reduction and decarbonisation potential in the chemicals sector. Energy consumption in the chemicals sector Overall, the chemicals sector gives rise to the UK’s highest industrial energy consumption; mainly due to low temperature heat processes (30%), […]

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Mobility as a Service: The route forward?

mobility as a service

Meet the researchers looking into the concept of ‘mobility as a service’ that could replace the need for personal vehicles. Attitudes to transport With the need to reduce carbon emissions across society ever-growing, every area of our lives is being scrutinised for ways to cut down on unnecessary energy use. […]

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Is sharing the new owning?

sharing

CIE-MAP’s Christine Cole and Alex Gnanapragasam look at the sharing economy and how the future may see more of us sharing and borrowing many everyday items.   ‘Stuff’ overload Entitled ‘Having more, owning less: how to fight throwaway culture‘ the article (published in The Conversation) points out that we are reaching […]

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Jetting into retirement?

retirement

A new Research Insight from the DEMAND Centre questions the likelihood of a later-life travel boom amongst those of retirement age. Have pension, will travel? We are an ageing society with more and more pensioners blessed with free time and in many cases disposable incomes. Couple this with a perception […]

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DEMAND’s Selby in T.H.E. non-energy blog

non-energy

Work on ‘non-energy’ or ‘invisible energy’ policy from Jan Selby of the DEMAND Centre is featured in a new blog from the Times Higher Education supplement. Entitled ‘As well as researching the impact of carbon emissions, we need to reduce our own’, the blog, by Sussex University’s Adam Tickell looks […]

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Celebrating summer schools

summer schools

The CIED and DEMAND Centres recently held successful summer schools in Brighton and Leeds respectively, helping to build capacity in the energy demand field   Capacity Building Building capacity in the field of reducing energy demand is a big part of the work of the EUED Centres and these specialised […]

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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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Tunnel vision – taking heat from beneath the streets

tunnels

Members of the i-STUTE and CEE teams have won a £200k grant to investigate recovering heat from London’s subterranean tunnels. The London Urban Sub-Terrain Energy Recovery (LUSTER) project is led by Professor Graeme Maidment of London South Bank University, who will work with Dr Akos Revesz to look at a […]

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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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New EUED Centre – initial consultation survey

themes

Your opportunity to influence the themes, vision and structure of the new EUED Centre (starting work in April 2018) led by new EUED Champion Professor Nick Eyre. The first part of the two-stage process of creating a new EUED Centre was completed with the appointment of Professor Eyre at the […]

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Research celebrated at EUED Gala

gala

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 Brunel 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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