The six EUED Centres conduct energy use research into how and why energy demand is created in society. Teams of researchers develop ways to save energy, reduce consumption and meet greenhouse gas emissions targets.
EUED Centres create technical, social and economic tools to help policymakers and industry implement more energy saving practices. Funded by the Research Councils UK Energy Programme – with additional industry and government funding – we seek a better understanding of energy use in commercial, domestic, industrial and transport settings.
Demand versus Efficiency
There is a key distinction in energy demand research between energy efficiency and energy demand. For example, a more energy-efficient car that is cheaper to run may actually lead to people driving the car more. This would lead to no net reduction in the energy used. These ‘rebound’ effects are also observable with household appliances and electronic devices. Looking beyond developing more energy efficient machines, we research how and why people use energy. How can energy use be reduced by greater understanding of the issues?
Policy and Industry
Centres work with stakeholders to ensure that the research evidence has real-world impact. Strong links with numerous major manufacturers and energy companies are important. Working closely with them on reducing energy demand in manufacturing processes as well as in developing the technologies themselves is a key part of our work. Interacting regularly with government departments we provide tools and evidence to support policymakers. Engagement with stakeholders occurs through workshops, policy briefs, responses to consultations, exhibitions, seminar series, media activities and secondments.
Collaborations with partners from all over the world address the global issue of reducing energy demand. Our academics advise foreign governments and take part in international projects with major international environment organisations and funding bodies. Hosting many academic, policy and industry visitors from overseas is a key way we exchange knowledge. Membership of numerous international networks cements EUED Centres’ role in global picture and we regularly carry out international government and industry advisory visits.
250 researchers working across 25+ UK institutions in a range of disciplines from social science to engineering make up the EUED Centres. This multidisciplinary approach crucially allows us to focus on people and society as well as technology when working to reduce energy demand. With over 50 PhD students we are actively contributing to the next generation of researchers in energy demand reduction. There is an ever-growing body of EUED journal and conference papers, reports and research tools. We actively negotiate with stakeholders to make energy data available as widely as possible.
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