Professor Nick Eyre


Research Groups


Professor Nick Eyre

Jackson Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Energy and Climate Policy
Leader, ECI Energy Programme


Dr Nick Eyre is a Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Energy at the ECI and Oriel College. He also leads the ECI programme on Lower Carbon Futures. He is a Co-Director of the multi-university collaboration, the UK Energy Research Centre, leading its research work on energy demand. He teaches on option on energy policy on the Environmental Change and Management MSc course.

Nick has worked as a researcher, consultant and manager on energy and environmental issues since 1984. His interests focus on energy policy, especially with respect to energy demand, energy efficiency and small scale conversion and supply. He has published extensively on energy, climate, environment and transport issues. He is co-author of a book on carbon markets.

Nick worked at the Energy Saving Trust from 1999 to 2007, initially as Head of Policy and, from 2002, as Director of Strategy. He was responsible for the Trust's work on public policy issues, business development and long term business strategy. In 2001, he was seconded to the Cabinet Office, Performance and Innovation Unit, where he was a co-author of the Government's Review of Energy Policy. He led work streams on energy efficiency and long term energy scenarios.

Previously, Nick worked as a researcher and analyst on energy and environment issues, initially in the Energy Technology Support Unit (ETSU) and then as an independent consultant. He was one of the UK's first researchers on mitigation of carbon emissions, and was co-author of a presentation to the Cabinet on this issue in 1989. In 1997, he wrote the first published study on how the Government's 20% carbon emission reduction target might be delivered. He has advised successive Government ministers and a wide range of Parliamentary inquiries. He managed a large European Commission programme on the external costs of energy and was lead author of the report used as the basis for the UK Government's first estimate of the social cost of carbon.

Nick holds an MA in Physics and D.Phil in Nuclear Physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Energy Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Environment.

He was a County Councillor in Oxfordshire from 1987 to 1993, taking an active role in the development of Oxfordshire's first environmental strategy, traffic calming, CFC capture and opposition to new road building.

Research Interests

Nick's long term research interest is the role of public policy in reducing energy demand and improving energy efficiency, in the context that progress will require a combination of technical, social and policy change. His current research interests cover:

  • Energy demand in energy market reform
  • Market based instruments for energy efficiency
  • Energy demand in the transition to a low carbon society
  • The role of local government, trade groups and local communities in energy
  • The interaction energy systems with other components of infrastructure.

Research Projects

Current research grants are:

NERC, NE/G007748/1, UK Energy Research Centre (Co-Director Energy Demand), May 2009- April 2014.

EPSRC, EP/G031681/1, Supergen Highly Distributed Power Systems (Co-I), October 2009 - September 2013.

EPSRC, EP/H051163/1, Building expertise: A System of Professions Approach to Low Carbon Housing Refurbishment, September 2010 - August 2013.

ESRC, ES/I006664/1, Evaluating the impacts, effectiveness and success of DECC-funded low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC) (Co-I), January 2011 - December 2013.

EPSRC, EP/I01344X/1. UK Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (Co-I), January 2011 - December 2015.

External Appointments

2011 - to date: Member, Ofgem Sustainable Development Advisory Group

2012 - to date: Panel member, Expert Peer Review DECC Energy Analysis Research

2012 - to date: Member, Energy Policy Panel, Institution of Engineering & Technology

2002 - 2003: DTI/Ofgem Embedded Generation Working Group

2003 - 2004: DTI/ Ofgem/Defra Energy Services Working Group

2004 - 2008: Board member, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

2005: Defra/Treasury Energy Efficiency Innovation Review Steering Group

2007 - 2011: Advisory Group, ESRC Centre on Research on Livestyles, Behaviour and Environment

2007 - 2008: Expert advisor, National Audit Office study on energy efficiency

2008 - 2009: Selection Panel, Micropower Council Annual Award

2008 - to date: Advisory Committee, European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

2008 - 2010: Trustee, Pilkington Energy Efficiency Trust

2008 - 2009: Task Force on Energy Efficiency and Urban Development, China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development

2008 - 2011: Lead author, Knowledge Module (Buildings), Global Energy Assessment

2010 - to date: UK Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme Panel member

2010 - to date: Lead Author: 'Buildings' Working Group III, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 5th Assessment Report


  • Eyre, N. (2008) Regulation of energy suppliers to save energy - lessons from the UK debate. British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE) Proceedings of the British Institute of Energy Economics Conference.
  • Eyre, N. and Staniaszek, D. (2005) Energy Efficiency in the UK Energy White paper - How did it get a Central Role? Proceedings of the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) 2005 Summer Study - What works and who delivers?, 30 May - 4 June 2005.. 35-44. ISBN: 9163140020.
  • Eyre, N. and Treasury, H.M. (2005) Energy efficiency innovation review. Defra and HM Treasury, London, UK.
  • Eyre, N. (2004) Micro-CHP, Energy Services and Smart Metering-Technological Innovation and Systemic Change. Micro energy systems: review of technology, issues of scale and integration.
  • Vine, E., Hamrin, J., Eyre, N., Crossley, D., Maloney, M. and Watt, G. (2003) Public policy analysis of energy efficiency and load management in changing electricity businesses. Energy Policy, 31(5): 405-430.
  • Eyre, N. (2002) The Energy Review. Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office
  • Eyre, N. (2001) Carbon reduction in the real world: how the UK will surpass its Kyoto obligations. Climate Policy, 1(3): 309-326.
  • Eyre, N. (2001) Resource productivity: making more with less. Performance and Innovation Unit, Cabinet Office, London, UK.
  • Eyre, N. (1999) Global Warming Damages, ExternE - Externalities of Energy, 8. European Commission
  • Eyre, N. (1998) A golden age or a false dawn? Energy efficiency in UK competitive energy markets. Energy Policy, 26(12): 963-972.
  • Eyre, N. (1998) Carbon dioxide emissions trends from the United Kingdom. Promoting Development while Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Trends and Baselines, United Nations Development Programme.
  • Eyre, N. (1998) Uncertainty in valuing the future impacts of climate change. In, Audus, H. (ed.) The Assessment of Climate Change Damages. international Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Rabl, A. and Eyre, N. (1998) An estimate of regional and global O3 damage from precursor NOx and VOC emissions. Environment International, 24(8): 835-850.