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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Innovation, low energy buildings and intermediaries in Europe

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Innovation, low energy buildings and intermediaries in Europe: systematic case study review A new paper by Paula Kivimaa and Mari Martiskainen argues that policies at the EU, national and local levels are the main drivers behind low energy innovation in the building sector in Europe, while environmental concerns also rank highly. The paper titled […]

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Bedazzled by Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Bedazzled by Energy Efficiency In this article, Kris de Decker considers how the focus on energy efficiency causes present ways of life to be non-negotiable, and discusses how transforming present ways of life is key to mitigating climate change and decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels. Kris de Decker is […]

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Utilities and the low-carbon future – Interview

Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of CIED interviewed by Siemens on the role of utility companies in the low carbon transition at the European Utility Week. The article focuses on the role of utility companies in the transition to a low-carbon future and on how policy can drive the decarbonisation of […]

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The Smart Meter Rollout

The smart meter rollout: Social questions and challenges A new report authored by Dr Benjamin Sovacool, Dr Paula Kivimaa and Dr Kirsten Jenkins looks at the social questions and challenges around the rollout of smart meters in Great Britain and makes recommendations to policymakers on ways to accelerate the uptake […]

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Publication – Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change

Demanding Energy

Demanding Energy: Space, Time and Change brings together an exciting range of work from the DEMAND Centre. Further information about the publication, contributors and open access sections is available below and via the Demanding Energy website. Watch an animated ‘book trailer’ for an audio-visual flavour of its distinctive approach.    Demanding […]

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Food routines and energy policy

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Understanding energy-intensive food routines, and identifying opportunities for intervention. A new paper entitled ‘Food related routines and energy policy: A focus group study examining potential for change in the United Kingdom’ (published in Energy Research and Social Science) from researchers at the University of Manchester part of CSEF (Centre for Sustainable Energy […]

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Energy and Economic Growth book launch

energy and economic growth

CIED’s Professor Tim Foxon’s book Energy and Economic Growth will be launched on 14th December with a presentations and a q&a session. The book – full title ‘Energy and Economic Growth: Why we need a new pathway to prosperity’ – provides a historical and ecological perspective on current challenges of […]

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Brazil energy epidemiology workshop


A workshop will be held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil in April 2018 which aims to share knowledge and best practice around energy efficiency in buildings. Building on the work of the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology, the workshop is funded by the British Council via the Newton Fund. UCL’s […]

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UK-China low carbon manufacturing workshop

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The RCUK Energy Programme is holding a two-day UK-China workshop in March 2018 to look a potential collaborations with Chinese participants in low-carbon manufacturing. The workshop will take place in Wuhan, China. A call for research proposals funded by the  Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Programme (EPSRC) in partnership with […]

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CSEF I-ThERM workshop papers


24th October saw a gathering of heat recovery and conversion experts gather at Brunel for CSEF’s I-ThERM workshop. The international event featured presenters from seven different European countries who presented their ground breaking work in industrial heat recovery techniques such as novel heat pipes, compressors and condensors. i-THERM aims to […]

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Funded PhD on consumer goods

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Nottingham Trent University is currently offering a fully funded PhD studentship on the theme ‘The implications of cheap, short-lived consumer goods for low income households.’  The work relates to the CIE-MAP Centre team (led by Professor Tim Cooper)’s work on product lifetimes. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to […]

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Minister announces iNUMBER CEE-related project


Science Minister Jo Johnson announced the iNUMBER project – one of four collaborative projects between UK researchers and the Indian government – at the India-UK tech summit in New Delhi on 1st November. The project is part of the ‘Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment’ programme fund under the […]

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Lancet Countdown 2017 report

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The prestigious ‘Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change’ report for 2017 is now available. The report is co-authored by members of the Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) team. The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is an international, multidisciplinary, long-term effort to identify and address the links between […]

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ICSEF 2018 announced

ICSEF 2018

The 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Resource in Food Chains (ICSEF 2018) will be held in Limassol, Cyprus from 10-12 October 2018. Following on from the successful 1st ICSEF conference in London in April 2017, the 2018 will focus again on production, processing, distribution, retail, consumption and policy […]

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ICSEF conference proceedings online


The proceedings also include papers from the Symposium on Heat Recovery and Efficient Conversion and Utilisation of Waste Heat which followed ICSEF. The online proceedings also include an editorial from CSEF Director Professor Savvas Tassou and Dr Guiseppe Bianchi. Over 50 articles are included in the collection which is available […]

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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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Power outlets? Where appliances meet infrastructures


A blog on the DEMAND Centre website looks at the meeting points between appliances and infrastructures and the complex political struggles taking place there. Kris de Decker, of the DEMAND Centre and LowTech Magazine looks at where we draw the line between infrastructures (largely provided by the state) and appliances […]

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