Energy Research: Lower Carbon Futures
To move towards a lower carbon economy, we must understand the links between behaviour, technologies, policy formulation and markets. We have concentrated our research on energy at home and for personal transport, but we are increasingly working on broader issues, including infrastructures of energy supply and demand, governance, and the role of professions in constructing and managing buildings. Read more about how we work.
Energy, Behaviour and Society
Energy in Buildings
The energy in buildings theme encompasses work on low energy buildings and appliances, low-carbon housing refurbishment and energy management.
Energy and Transport
Research on energy and transport focuses on social and technological changes in transport, such as revitalising walking and cycling, low carbon vehicles and biofuels.
Infrastructure and Smart Grids
The infrastructure and smart grids research theme looks at the dynamics of national infrastructure and distributed energy resources (smart grids).
Policy, Equity, Security and Fuel Poverty
The policy, equity, security and fuel poverty theme investigates practices, supply chain, governance and policy related to energy systems, as well as carbon markets and futures analysis. ECI has also conducted extensive research on fuel poverty.
The renewable energy work at ECI includes research on small scale energy generation.
- Patrick, J., Killip, G., Brand, C., Augustine, A. and Eyre, N. (2014) Oxfordshire's Low Carbon Economy. Environmental Change Institute and Low Carbon Oxford.
- McKenna, E., Grünewald, P. and Thomson, M. (2014) Going with the wind: temporal characteristics of potential wind curtailment in ireland in 2020 and opportunities for demand response. IET Renewable Power Generation: 1-12.
- Torriti, J. and Grunewald, P. (2014) Demand side response: Patterns in Europe and future policy perspectives under capacity mechanisms. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, 3(1).
- Grünewald, P., McKenna, E. and Thomson, M. (2014) Keep it simple: time-of-use tariffs in high-wind scenarios. IET Renewable Power Generation.
- Fawcett, T., Killip, G. and Janda, K. (2014) Innovative practices in low carbon retrofit: Time, scale and business models.. BEHAVE Conference, Oxford, UK, 3-4 September 2014.
- Fawcett, T., Layberry, R. and Eyre, N. (2014) Electrification of heating: The role of heat pumps.. BIEE conference, Oxford, 17-18 September 2014.
Yingqui Li: 'Residential Demand Response (DR) in the UK: the potential in lowcarbon energy transformation, social implication and interaction with energy efficiency'
Jose Ramirez Mendiola: 'The Pathway to a sustainable enegery infrasturcture system'