Energy Demand Research Strategy

Energy Demand research strategyThe six End Use Energy Demand Centres jointly produced an Energy Demand Research Strategy in October 2015. It is a working document which will be updated when needed to reflect developments in the field and strategic thinking. The latest version (May 2016) is available to download below:

A Research Strategy for Reducing Energy Demand (May 2016)

Alternatively you can browse the content in the pages below.

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Context
  3. What is EUED Research
  4. RCUK EUED Centre Programme
  5. Research themes, requirements and gaps in current EUED funding
    1. Theme A – More for Less?
    2. Theme B – Supply and Demand
    3. Theme C – Equity, social justice and security
  6. Infrastructure & capacity building recommendations


Centre Directors Professors John Barrett, Bob Critoph, Tadj Oreszczyn, Elizabeth Shove, Benjamin Sovacool and Savvas Tassou prepared the document, with contributions from other Centre staff.

The strategy aims to lay out the path for future research investment in the field of reducing energy demand in light of the government’s targets in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Key issues for the Energy Demand Research Strategy

Three over-riding points are foregrounded by the EUED Directors, namely:

  1. Measures that reduce energy demand are the cheapest, fastest and most effective response to the Energy Trilemma
  2. Reducing energy demand deserve a commensurate status in policy and research as does energy supply.
  3. A UK research strategy can build on the growing success of the RCUK End Use Energy Demand Centres.


The strategy authors recommend seven actions be taken to achieve and effective energy demadn research strategy.

1. The further development of a core capacity of RCUK funded multi-disciplinary EUED
researchers for ten years.

2. The EUED Centres along with RCUK and the rest of the academic community develop a ten-year program of coordinated research. This should include traditional sector themes (e.g. domestic, non-domestic, road transport, industry etc.), but also encompass interactions between sectors and core questions about how demand is embedded in the
economy, society and environment. Initial suggested themes are:

a. More for Less? – economic growth, energy efficiency and energy demand reduction
b. Supply and Demand – demand and technology implications of decarbonised energy supply, and the social-technical constitution of demand
c. Equity, Security and justice -security, social justice, inequality and energy demand.

3. Develop a coordinated national programme of EUED research across relevant funders by the EUED centres working with the DECC Chief Scientist, the LCICG, UKERC, the new Smart Energy Systems Catapult.

4. Invest in specific research infrastructure such as empirical programmes for specific
sectors such as a Longitudinal UK Energy Study (LUKES) in collaboration with DECC.

5. Appoint a ‘champion’ for EUED research.

6. Pursue further leadership and engagement internationally.

7. Where relevant, provide basic underpinning research for demonstration and deployment projects by RCUK working with Innovate UK, Energy Technologies Institute and DECC (now Department of Business, Industry and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to enable research to span the Technology Readiness Levels but also support research directly in demonstration and deployment.


A more in-depth exploration of the key issus and research challenges makes up the rest of the energy demand research strategy.

Read more on the strategy for reducing energy demand on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)