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Research under this theme focuses on understanding current and possible future patterns of energy use and their causes, analysing the effects of energy policy, and identifying opportunities for reducing energy use and carbon emissions through better policy. It covers energy use in the residential and buildings sectors in most detail, but also undertakes economy-wide policy analysis. The equity aspects of both current policy and patterns of use, and of potential future policies are of concern, as is the issue of fuel poverty. There is a focus on energy-related decision-making by individuals and organisations. Research under this theme is informed by theories from natural and social sciences, and uses quantitative and qualitative evidence to deliver multi-disciplinary analysis.

Current projects

Energy Superhub Oxford

Energy Superhub Oxford

Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) aims to eliminate 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. That's the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road. We will do this by installing a very large, hybrid battery energy storage system, enabling more clean electricity, encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in Oxford, including the electrification of the Council's own fleet of vehicles, and by implementing electric heating in homes and businesses. As a key part of Oxford City Council's response to the climate emergency, ESO will provide a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality.

The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions
  • Funding: EPSRC/ESRC
  • 2018 - 2023
  • Programme Lead: Professor Nick Eyre

The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions

A new research centre established in 2018 with a vision to make the UK a leader in understanding the changes in energy demand needed for the transition to a secure and affordable, low carbon energy system.

Recent projects

  • Funding: EU H2020
  • 2018 - 2021
  • Programme Leads: Dr Tina Fawcett and Dr Gavin Killip

M-Benefits: Valuing and Communicating Multiple Benefits of Energy-Efficiency Measures

Why don't companies increase investment in energy efficiency? One answer is that project proposals usually focus only on energy savings, which is not the core business of most firms. However, by quantifying and communicating all benefits - improved product quality, enhanced productivity, better indoor environment, etc - proposals become competitive.

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  • Funding:ECEEE (European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy); KR Foundation; UKERC
  • 2017 - 2019
  • Programme Lead: Dr Sarah Darby

Sufficiency and energy services

As part of a wider European project, Dr Sarah Darby and Dr Tina Fawcett have been commissioned to write a think piece on the concept of sufficiency in relation to energy and energy services.

  • Funding: EPSRC
  • 2002-2019
  • Programme Lead: Dr Christian Brand

UK Energy Research Centre Decision Making Programme

ECI lead a theme in the third phase of the UKERC looking at challenges in energy decision making, including governance, actor decision making and systemic interactions.

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  • Funding: Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Kick-starting Impact award
  • January - October 2017
  • ECI Lead: Dr Tina Fawcett

Growing green: SME perspectives on sustainable growth in a low carbon economy

This project's primary aim is to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and intermediaries gain a better understanding of sustainable growth and its implications for their businesses. This collaboration will co-create new knowledge on environmentally sustainable growth in SMEs. The team will design and trial an innovative approach to engaging SME owners, managers and intermediaries in facilitated discussions.

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Assessing the intangibles: the socioeconomic benefits of improving energy efficiency (IN-BEE)

IN-BEE aims to address the theme of energy efficiency and to describe and provide evidence for the many intangible benefits of improving energy efficiency through a multi-disciplinary approach, combining methods, datasets, and techniques from cutting edge research in law and economics, humanities and consumer behavior, regulation and environmental sciences, as well as engineering.

Energy Champion
  • Funding: EPSRC/ESRC
  • 2017-2018
  • Programme Lead: Professor Nick Eyre

Energy Demand Research Champion: Professor Nick Eyre

Professor Nick Eyre has been selected to act as the End Use Energy Demand Centre Champion for the development of a National End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Centre. During the nine-month post from July 2017, Nick will act as a thought leader and flag bearer for the EUED community, and be responsible for setting the overarching strategy for a new National EUED centre.

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Energy Saving Policies and Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes (ENSPOL)

An EU project targeting the effective and proper implementation the Energy Efficiency Directive in all Member States and beyond.

  • Funding: Defra
  • 2012-2016
  • Co-I: Dr Tina Fawcett

Sustainable Pathways to Low Carbon Energy (SPLICE)

SPLiCE will fill gaps in knowledge about the sustainability of different mixes of energy supply and demand options needed to deliver 2050 greenhouse gas emissions targets. It will look specifically at the effects of different energy options on the natural environment, society and the economy.

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  • Funding: EPSRC
  • 2012-2016
  • Co-I: Dr Tina Fawcett

Energy literacy through an intelligent home energy advisor (ENLITEN)

ENLITEN aims to reduce carbon emissions from energy use within buildings by understanding, incentivising and influencing changes in the habitual behaviours of the buildings' occupants.

Projects Archive

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