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 at the use of energy in higher education institutions and points to the need for ‘deep integration’ of energy demand reduction to be built into university policy and practices.

Selby’s work looks at ‘non-energy’ policy – for example in education – where policies are not made with a strong awareness of energy demand issues, even though they may have significant effects on carbon emissions when rolled out UK-wide. For example, the trend for university libraries to be open 24 hours to offer students a more flexible service leads to significant increases in energy use by the libraries.

The blog highlights the paradox between universities researching energy demand reduction whilst not necessarily practising it. For example the University of Birmingham’s project with Rolls Royce to reduce aircraft engine emissions will lead to the university’s emissions rising (although in cases such as this the net reductions are justifiable).

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