Nordic Electricity System Transition


A Qualitative Study of Electricity and Decarbonisation Challenges in the Nordic Region Blog by Benjamin Sovacool, Director, Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED), looks at the challenges of Electricity and Decarbonisation in the Nordic Region. Excerpt The Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden – have aggressive […]

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Energy justice


Energy justice: bringing people back to the heart of energy decisions Blog ‘Energy justice: bringing people back to the heart of energy decisions posted on the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) website on 2 March 2018. This blog is based on conversations with Dr Kirsten Jenkins, who worked on […]

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Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day Blog about ‘Fuel Poverty Awareness Day’ posted on the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) website on 23 February 2018. According to a new report by National Energy Action (NEA), a national charity seeking to end fuel poverty, the UK has the sixth worst long-term […]

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Decarbonising Industry: Towards a Cleaner Economy


Decarbonising Industry: Towards a Cleaner Economy Blog on ‘Decarbonising Industry: Towards a Cleaner Economy’ posted by Professor Geoffrey P. Hammond and Dr Samuel J. G. Cooper on the University of Bath’s website, 13 February 2018. Professor Geoffrey P. Hammond is the Co-Director of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products […]

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On the cusp of a driverless transition?

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On the cusp of a driverless transition? Blog about driverless transition posted on the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) website on 31 January 2018. Written by Dr Debbie Hopkins Research Fellow, CIED, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford. There is a great deal of excitement about the potential of driverless vehicles […]

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Energy bills, consumer power and beyond

Energy bills, consumer power and beyond Blog originally posted by Nora Blascsok, communications and Engagement Officer, Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED). Posted on the CIED website on 25th January 2018. Reflections on the 7th Big Energy Saving Week by Nora Blascsok Events across the country are taking place this week to […]

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A wolf in lamb’s clothing?

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A blog on the Centre for Sustainable Energy Use in Food Chains (CSEF) site looks at the lifecycle of meat products and the energy used in producing them.  The blog is based on the work of a project entitled ‘A review of the energy consumption in the UK fresh meat […]

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Why social science is crucial in tackling climate change

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EUED Centres Coordinator James O’Toole looks at the crucial importance of using social science approaches alongside technology in addressing greenhouse gas emissions. Scientist stereotypes? In the public consciousness, climate change science tends to focus on natural scientists (chemists, physicists, biologists etc.). Whether they are developing more energy efficient technologies, mapping […]

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Fuel poverty is not only about heating

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As central heating systems fire up around the country, the DEMAND Centre’s Gordon Walker argues that other types of domestic energy use could be incorporated more consistently and effectively into fuel poverty policy. Defining fuel poverty What does it mean to be fuel poor? Most people’s understanding of fuel poverty […]

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Invisible Energy Policy in Higher Education

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Sarah Royston, Jan Selby and Elizabeth Shove of the DEMAND centre explain why we need a new perspective on energy demand in Higher Education.   Despite ambitious targets, the Higher Education sector is performing badly on energy demand and carbon emissions. Instead of the targeted 43% cut in emissions by […]

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CIE-MAP research informs government industrial strategy

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October 27th saw the CIEMAP Centre’s Prof John Barrett take a lead role in an event which brought together industry, trade associations, academics and policy stakeholders to feed into BEIS’s industrial strategy.   This event – held at the BEIS conference centre – aimed to highlight the necessity of building […]

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Changing channels – the case for reuse and repair


Dr Christine Cole of the CIE-MAP team at Nottingham Trent University explains why we need a rethink about when and how we dispose of electronic equipment.   With technology advancing so rapidly, many of us are hungry for the latest gadgets, entertainment systems and appliances, and soon lose interest in […]

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Putting Transport Poverty on the Map

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9% of UK households suffer from the transport equivalent of fuel poverty. New research from the Institute for Transport Studies – working with the DEMAND Centre – highlights the problem of transport affordability and transport poverty in the UK. The (t)ERES project examines how many households struggle with the cost […]

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How energy efficiency can boost incomes and the economy

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A new blog from Strathclyde’s Centre for Energy Policy team digs beneath the obvious short-term effects of energy efficiency initiatives to explore knock-on economic and social benefits.  Following on from the Scottish First Minister’s announcement of £20m of energy efficiency funds as part of a general package to stimulate the […]

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Exploring the links between energy efficiency and health

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The Centre for Energy Epidemiology contributes to government actions to improve health and prevent illness by understanding the direct and indirect effects of energy efficiency on health, writes James O’Toole, EUED Coordinator.   Using energy efficiency as a measure to improve health is increasing. Examples of measures so far carried […]

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Hinkley Point C briefing note from CEE Centre


RCUK CEE Deputy Director Andrew Smith and UCL ISR’s Michael Grubb have produced a briefing note on Hinkley Point C and other 3rd-gen nuclear in the context of the UK’s future energy system. In this briefing – compiled in light of recent developments – one main finding is that Hinkley […]

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