energy demand blog

Are we nearly there yet? The move to low-carbon transport

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A new book co-edited by the Centre on Innovation & Energy Demand’s Dr Debbie Hopkins looks at how we can begin to make the big leap away from fossil fuel powered mobility:   As we progress into the 21st century, people are becoming increasingly aware that fossil fuel powered societies are unsustainable and causing critical … Read more

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’ the event looks at the … Read more

Understanding Energy Demand – EPSRC guest blog

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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 website

CIED blog on automated vehicles

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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 discuss how the freight industry … Read more

Next dimension of building energy modelling?

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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 to find ways to reduce … Read more

How welfare and employment policy impacts energy demand

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Catherine Butler of the University of Exeter looks at the links between the issues of welfare and energy demand for government policies in ‘non-energy’ areas The majority of the world’s governments are committed to taking action to reduce global warming following the COP21 agreement in 2016. Mitigating climate change is recognised as requiring deep reductions … Read more

Nordic energy transitions

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Read about a new study from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand’s Benjamin K Sovacool on Nordic low-carbon energy transitions. The paper ‘Contestation, contingency, and justice in the Nordic low-carbon energy transition’ looks at how five countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – are on course to successfully make the transition to … Read more

What is exergy economics?

How a new approach may offer insights into decoupling energy use from economic output. Blog post from Paul Brockway of the University of Leeds.   Since 1971, each 1% increase in global GDP per capita has been associated with a 0.7% increase in per capita primary energy consumption. This conflicts with ambitious climate targets, which … Read more

Early Career Leaders in Sustainable Development

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Read the CIE-MAP Centre’s Dr Kate Scott’s blog on the Science for Sustainable Development Early-Career Leaders day on 2nd December in London. Dr Kate Scott, Research Fellow in the Sustainability Research Institute and inaugural Priestley Centre Piers Seller prize winner, attended the event, organised by the Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE), the … Read more

Product lifetimes summit in Nottingham

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CIE-MAP Nottingham team lead international Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) event bringing together experts on repair, reuse and longevity of products. Product lifetimes An international group of academic, industry and NGO colleagues gathered at Nottingham Trent University on 6th December for the Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) Seminar.  The group are leading the … Read more

Why social science is crucial in tackling climate change

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EUED Centres Coordinator James O’Toole looks at the crucial importance of using social science approaches alongside technology in addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Scientist stereotypes? In the public consciousness, climate change science tends to focus on natural scientists (chemists, physicists, biologists etc.). Whether they are developing more energy efficient technologies, mapping weather patterns or testing the … Read more

Whose emissions are they anyway?

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Dr Marco Sakai, Dr Kate Scott and Prof John Barrett of the CIE-MAP Centre argue that measuring carbon emissions by consumption rather than production would more accurately and fairly allocate responsibility for meeting climate change targets.   Measuring emissions As the COP22 UN Climate Change conference drew to a close in Morocco last week, many … Read more

Fuel poverty is not only about heating

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As central heating systems fire up around the country, the DEMAND Centre’s Gordon Walker argues that other types of domestic energy use could be incorporated more consistently and effectively into fuel poverty policy. Defining fuel poverty What does it mean to be fuel poor? Most people’s understanding of fuel poverty is based almost entirely around … Read more

Invisible Energy Policy in Higher Education

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Sarah Royston, Jan Selby and Elizabeth Shove of the DEMAND centre explain why we need a new perspective on energy demand in Higher Education.   Despite ambitious targets, the Higher Education sector is performing badly on energy demand and carbon emissions. Instead of the targeted 43% cut in emissions by 2020 (on 2005 levels), English … Read more

CIE-MAP research informs government industrial strategy

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October 27th saw the CIEMAP Centre’s Prof John Barrett take a lead role in an event which brought together industry, trade associations, academics and policy stakeholders to feed into BEIS’s industrial strategy.   This event – held at the BEIS conference centre – aimed to highlight the necessity of building the circular economy (reuse, recycle, … Read more

Changing channels – the case for reuse and repair

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Dr Christine Cole of the CIE-MAP team at Nottingham Trent University explains why we need a rethink about when and how we dispose of electronic equipment.   With technology advancing so rapidly, many of us are hungry for the latest gadgets, entertainment systems and appliances, and soon lose interest in our current equipment. But what … Read more

Putting Transport Poverty on the Map

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9% of UK households suffer from the transport equivalent of fuel poverty. New research from the Institute for Transport Studies – working with the DEMAND Centre – highlights the problem of transport affordability and transport poverty in the UK. The (t)ERES project examines how many households struggle with the cost of motoring, and who these … Read more