Energy’s role in the economy

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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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Energy efficiency in a materials world?

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A new blog from the CIEMAP team on the Climate Policy Journal site looks at how we calculate the true cost of materials for carbon budgets. The team argue that the conventional way of assessing a country’s carbon footprint – by measuring emissions within the country’s borders – neglects the […]

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CEE’s Virginia Gori wins EPSRC Fellowship

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The Centre for Energy Epidemiology’s Dr Virginia Gori has been awarded a prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship. Dr Gori (of the UCL Energy Institute) will be studying ‘Bayesian Building Physics: The Rapid Characterisation of Dynamic Building Heat Loss’. The two-year fellowship awards exceptional candidates who have just finished EPSRC-funded PhDs. […]

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CIEMAP Waste Crime article

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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?

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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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UK trade generates 25m jobs worldwide

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A new paper from CIEMAP reports that along with 525mt of CO2, the UK’s international trade generates 25 million jobs overseas. Authored by Marco Sakai, Anne Owen and John Barrett (of the University of Leeds) the study highlights the complexity of different factors affecting energy demand reduction, trade and economics. […]

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Research celebrated at EUED Gala

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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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i-STUTE co-hosts Warwick Nudgeathon

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The i-STUTE University of Warwick team took part in a behavioural psychology ‘nudgeathon’ aimed at coming up with innovative ideas to reduce energy demand. Based on the concept of a ‘hackathon’ – where computer programmers convene for an extended period to work on solutions to a particular coding problem – […]

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Counting the cost of carbon

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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?

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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

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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 Manchester 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?

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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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EUED Centres at eceee Summer Study

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Several EUED Centres were represented at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) Summer Study event in France (29 May-3 June). The theme of the event was ‘Consumption, efficiency and limits’ and the programme looked at how the Paris climate change agreement goals need to met by going […]

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DEMAND’s Shove gives Wellcome speaking tour

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The University of Lancaster’s Professor Elizabeth Shove will give a walking tour of an exhibition on electricity that the DEMAND Centre contributed to. The ‘Electricity: The Spark of Life’ exhibition at London’s Wellcome Centre featured contributions from the EUED DEMAND and CEE centres. Professor Shove will give a ‘perspective speaker […]

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CIEMAP’s Cooper in BBC Radio documentary

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Professor Tim Cooper of Nottingham Trent University recently appeared on a BBC Radio documentary entitled ‘Costing the Earth’ looking at product lifetimes. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May the programme was presented by Jheni Osman and looked at the culture of throwing clothes and electronic gadgets away rather than […]

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Avoid, shift, reduce: new DEMAND transport blog

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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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How do we feel about the circular economy?

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CIEMAP’s Cardiff team joined forces with the Green Alliance on 11th May to look at public perceptions of the circular economy with a group of 30 high-level guests, writes Dr Catherine Cherry.   How would you feel about having your TV repaired instead of buying a new one? Or sharing […]

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SIRACH meet with ebm-papst

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The i-STUTE Centre’s SIRACH network’s latest meeting will be in June at ebm-papst in Chelmsford and will look at EC fans, eco design and airflow. The event, entitled ‘EC fans, eco design and airflow, delivering energy efficiency with short term pay back in retail cabinets, datacentres and buildings’ will offer […]

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