Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand

Consultation Responses

CIED submission to the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation

CIED researchers submitted a joint response to the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper consultation.  It argues that the Strategy must give a clearer commitment to meeting climate targets. It also calls on the Government to base their approach to innovation on the latest thinking and understanding of how the innovation process and transitions actually happen on the ground. In particular acknowledging the essential part that government and policy play in driving innovation, giving greater consideration to the role that incumbents play, taking a mission-oriented approach to innovation and paying more attention to the deployment of proven innovations in new contexts. Read the full response here.

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry on the future of autonomous vehicles

Dr Debbie Hopkins, Prof Tim Schwanen and Prof Benjamin Sovacool have submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee inquiry looking into the future of autonomous vehicles. Their response argues that, while connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology has enormous potential, there are some key concerns regarding the government's approach to the technology. In particular, the need to give greater attention to the potential effects on health, the environment and social inequality. Read the full document.

CIED submits written evidence to Energy and Climate Change Committe 'Leaving the EU: implications for UK energy policy' inquiry

In July 2016 the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee launched an inquiry to understand the implications of Brexit on UK energy policy. The Committee sought to understand which policy areas need to be addressed during the exit negotiations. CIED researchers, including Director Prof Benjamin Sovacool, Prof Steven Sorrell, Dr Jan Rosenow, Dr Paula Kivimaa and Dr Mari Martiskainen have submitted a joint response to the inquiry in September. Their response highlights that in negotiating leaving the EU it is important to safeguard the benefits of EU policies. Their recommendations focus specifically on the two areas of energy efficiency and carbon pricing. Read the full response.

Home energy efficiency is a "win-win" says UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee report, which uses CIED research as evidence

Research by the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand has helped to inform the recently published UK Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) report on Home Energy Efficiency. CIED originally responded to the ECCC call in 2015 for scrutiny priorities, listing Home Energy Efficiency as a key focus area. The centre later responded to the official inquiry on the subject, and in December 2015 CIED Senior Research Fellow Jan Rosenow, was called on to give evidence to the Committee. Jan’s oral evidence, and CIED written evidence is widely cited in the final report.

The ECCC report reveals that the frequent changes to government energy policies are denting consumer confidence in the sector and hampering the UK’s ability to improve energy efficiency. It calls on the government to make improving energy efficiency in new and existing homes a “top priority” and to identify ways to help poor households struggling to pay their fuel bills. Read more.

CIED and SEG researcher's response to the Energy and Climate Committee's Inquiry into the future of the UK Electricity Infrastructure

Dr. Ralitsa HitevaProf. Tim FoxonProf. Paul Nightingale and Prof. Gordon MacKerron have submitted written evidence [Word 37.6 KB] into the Energy and Climate Committee's Inquiry into the future of the UK Electricity Infrastructure.  

This submission was prepared by members of the Sussex Energy Group and draws on a large body of research from several projects, funded by the ESRC and EPSRC. Researchers at the Sussex Energy Group in SPRU, University of Sussex, are driven by an interest in prospects for a more sustainable energy future. Further publications related to the Low carbon network infrastructure inquiry.

Response to Ofgem’s discussion paper on ‘Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market.

Researchers at CIED and Sussex Energy Group in SPRU, University of Sussex, have published a comprehensive response to Ofgem’s discussion paper on ‘Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market.

The response is driven by an interest in prospects for a more sustainable energy future and utilising expertise on community energy, energy services, infrastructure transitions, end-use energy demand and energy efficiency.  Our primary focus is on the processes of innovation, technological and social using a range of multi-disciplinary social science approaches.  We hope that by presenting insights from recent SPRU, Sussex Energy Group and CIED research and signposting other relevant academic work related to NTBMs, we can make a valuable contribution.

Response to Ofgem's discussion paper on 'Non-traditional business models: Supporting transformative change in the energy market.'Contributors: Dr Steve Sorrell, Dr Florian Kern, Prof Adrian Smith, Dr Colin Nolden, Dr Mari Martiskainen, Dr Sabine Hielscher, Prof Paul Nightingale, Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Katherine Lovell, Dr Vedran Zerjav.