In the driving seat? Precarity and car dependency.

precarity

Research findings from the DEMAND Centre explore how uncertainty around jobs and accommodation (precarity) can lead to car dependence for some despite the expense and environmental concerns. Precarity in housing and employment A new DEMAND Research Insight entitled ‘Precarity in housing and employment: a dimension of car dependency’ highlights the […]

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Solar panels switched on at Sussex

solar panels

In the largest project of its kind, 3000 solar panels have been switched on at the University of Sussex, with carbon emissions set to be halved by 2020. Brighton Pavillion MP and co-Green Party Leader Caroline Lucas activated the system on 13th October that will provide 750,000 kilowatt hours of […]

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Low carbon housing – a public reckoning?

low carbon housing

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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CEE research in Clean Growth plan

clean growth

The government’s new Clean Growth Strategy references research from the Centre for Energy Epidemiology(CEE). The long-awaited document lays out the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions while boosting the national income. Members of the CEE team were part of the Levering Economics […]

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IPCC call for experts

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is looking for experts to express interest in taking part in their Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). The panel forms part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)’s work on addressing climate change. BEIS is looking for experts to act as […]

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Modelling household energy use: a new approach

household energy

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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CIED directors call for sociotechnical acceleration

sociotechnical

Four directors of the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) have published a paper in the Science journal calling for sociotechnical techniques to be adopted to speed up changes necessary to tackle climate change. Professors Frank Geels, Benjamin K Sovacool, Tim Schwanen and Steve Sorrell (all directors of CIED) […]

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Springing a leak? The gaps in airtightness regulations

airtightness

Findings from the Centre for Energy Epidemiology raise concerns about whether new buildings are compliant with building regulations on airtightness. In a paper entitled ‘Hitting the target and missing the point’: Analysis of air permeability data for new UK dwellings and what it reveals about the testing procedure‘ a group […]

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Heat pump integration event – register now

heat pumps

The Institute of Physics Energy Group is running a one day event on 27th November at the University of Warwick entitled ‘Heat pumps: towards better integration’. Leading figures in the heat pump field from industry and academia will give presentations, including a number of EUED Centre researchers. The focus of […]

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CIED report smart meter confusion

smart meter

Findings from a Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) study on the Smart Meter Implementation Programme have revealed communication problems are hampering the rollout. The programme is the most ambitious and expensive IT operation ever attempted by the UK government, but the researchers found that lack of public engagement […]

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i-STUTE presentation in China

i-stute

LSBU’s Akos Revesz presented his i-STUTE work on waste heat recovery at an event in Xi’an China. The event was a Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop funded by the British Council and was organised between UK and Chinese partners (Coventry University and Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology). The workshops are […]

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Thermodynamic analysis and UK energy demand

thermodynamic

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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CSEF i-ThERM October workshop

i-therm

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) will run a one day workshop on 24th October entitled Industrial Thermal Energy Recovery, Conversion and Management (i-ThERM). The free event will be held at CSEF’s Brunel University site. Presentations will focus on heat recovery and conversion from high and […]

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CIEMAP win global waste management award

waste management

Members of the CIEMAP team based at Nottingham Trent University were runners up in the ISWA global waste management publication award. The International Solid Waste Association Publication Award was created to honour the author(s) of publications deemed to have made an exceptional contribution to the field of solid waste management. […]

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UKERC & CIED energy efficiency report

energy efficiency

Energy efficiency could save the UK £7.5 billion by 2035 according to a new report from the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) and the UK Energy Research Council (UKERC). The authors stress the importance of energy efficiency in buildings to reducing both household bills and the UK’s energy […]

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Cryogenic cooling event

cryogenic

The Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat (SIRACH) network will host an event on Applications for Cryogenic cooling at Rutherford Appleton laboratory on 12th October. The day will offer a series of talks and presentations on recent developments in cryogenic cooling and an overview of the Harwell Campus […]

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EUED on sustainable transport

sustainable transport

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

chemicals sector

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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Decarbonising Industry – CIE-MAP video

decarbonising industry

A short video with interviews from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) team showcasing their demand reduction work across the industrial supply chain. The two and a half minute video features various members of CIE-MAP describing their work and their overall mission to look across the entire […]

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