Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Co-operative Organisational and Academic Learning through Empirical Scholarship (COALESCE)

Improving the energy performance of the commercial property sector through knowledge exchange

commercial buildings

The commercial property sector – valued at £617 billion – faces an ‘energy efficiency gap’ due to poor uptake of energy efficiency improvements by the sector over the last 40 years. The COALESCE (Cooperative Organisational and Academic Learning through Empirical Scholarship with CO2 Estates) knowledge exchange partnership helped to bridge the gaps between what buildings are and what they could be in terms of their energy use and performance.

The COALESCE partnership, led by ECI’s Kathryn Janda, linked with the company CO2 Estates, a small firm who provides web-based carbon accounting and retrofit recommendations to most of the large commercial real estate investment firms in the UK. Kathryn Janda worked with CO2 Estates and their clients to help design, develop and deliver carbon reduction recommendations to these companies.

The work helped to build understanding of the social and institutional contexts of energy management decisions and the varying motivations held by organisations to undertake carbon reduction measures. COALESCE enabled knowledge exchange on this key understudied area.


Strachan, M. E., K. B. Janda, & B. McKeown. 2015. Change from Within? Carbon Management in Commercial Real Estate." In Proceedings of ECEEE Summer Study, 1-6 June 2015 (Toulon/Hyères, France). Vol. 1 - Foundations of Future Energy Policy, pp. 101-111. European Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: Stockholm, Sweden.


Data analysis and technology risk management for MEES, Megan Strachan, CO2 Estates. Presented on 26 February 2015 at The British Property Federation session on ‘Retail Therapy’ in response to the advent of DECC’s Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for private rental property.

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