On the cusp of a driverless transition?

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On the cusp of a driverless transition? Blog about driverless transition posted on the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) website on 31 January 2018. Written by Dr Debbie Hopkins Research Fellow, CIED, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. There is a great deal of excitement about the potential of driverless vehicles […]

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Energy bills, consumer power and beyond

Energy bills, consumer power and beyond Blog originally posted by Nora Blascsok, communications and Engagement Officer, Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED). Posted on the CIED website on 25th January 2018. Reflections on the 7th Big Energy Saving Week by Nora Blascsok Events across the country are taking place this week to […]

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How Much Energy Do We Need?

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How Much Energy Do We Need? Blog by Kris de Decker a visiting Research Fellow at the Demand Centre, Lancaster University. Because energy fuels both human development and environmental damage, policies that encourage energy demand reduction can run counter to policies for alleviating poverty, and the other way around. Achieving both […]

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Electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid integration


Electric mobility and vehicle-to-grid integration: unexplored questions and benefits BLOG by Benjamin Sovacool Reducing energy demand in the transportation sector is one of the most difficult challenges we face to meet our CO2 emission reduction targets. Due to the sector’s dependence on fossil fuel energy sources and the monumental negative consequences for climate […]

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China foreign waste ban blog


CIE-MAP’s Dr Christine Cole looks at the implications for the UK and other western countries on China’s new rules on importing foreign waste. Published on The Conversation news site, the blog from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) research fellow explores the options for what could be […]

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Low carbon housing – a public reckoning?

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How do expert visions for low carbon housing square with public perceptions of how we will live in the future? The idea that we need to evolve a less energy-intensive society in order to avoid irrevocable changes to the environment is slowly permeating to all areas of society. The desire […]

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Modelling household energy use: a new approach

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Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIEMAP) researcher Anne Owen talks about her new EPSRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship looking at household energy.  The Energy Demand Model It is important for the Government to be able to predict the future energy needs of UK industries, homes and transport to ensure sufficient […]

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Thermodynamic analysis and UK energy demand


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

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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

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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?

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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?


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?


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


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

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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


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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