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Can energy efficiency deliver on its promises?

This post is by Paul Brockway, research fellow at the University of Leeds. He examines roles and relationships between energy, economy and society as part of UKERC’s research programme. This blog was initially published on the Green Alliance Blog. Energy efficiency is often seen as a win-win: falling energy use benefits consumers and the environment, whilst …

Sand and Sun, CIED’s Summer School has begun

Thoughts and reflections on CIED Summer School 2017 By Bettina Zenz The CIED Summer School on ‘Accelerating Innovation to Reduce Energy Demand’ took place from 10-12th of July 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton. CIED’s first ever Summer School was certainly much anticipated by organisers and attendees alike, and brought together 28 doctoral, postdoc …


Energy saving innovations and economy wide rebound effects

This project investigates the impact of energy efficiency improvements throughout the UK economy and along international supply chains, as well as using sophisticated multi-sector macroeconomic models to capture a much wider range of economic effects. This new project on economy-wide rebound effects significantly extends CIED’s work and is led by the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde.

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The diffusion of energy service contracting

Energy service contracts involve the outsourcing of energy-related services to a third party, or contractor. This project aims to identify the factors underpinning successful business models, to identify whether, how and under what conditions such models could diffuse more widely, and to assess their potential for reducing energy demand in order to provide recommendations for public policy.

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Don’t throw out the energy efficiency baby with the Brexit bathwater

Will Brexit put energy efficiency progress in the UK at risk, ask Jan Rosenow, Pedro Guertler and Richard Cowart of RAP (Regulatory Assistance Project)? In electric appliances and heating systems – probably not. The biggest risk is in the building sector.UK policymakers will need to put efficiency first if they want to reach carbon targets …

The historical foundations of UK energy policy since the 1940s

Guest blog by Dr David Vincent Since 1945, UK energy policy has undergone seismic shifts, starting with the energy industry nationalisations of the late 1940s and moving on to energy industry privatisations of the 1980s and 90s. These shifts were tempered with some ground-breaking, longer term thinking with respect to the climate change mitigation aspects …

Energy Efficiency may lead to increased energy consumption in China

Improvements in China’s energy efficiency may be associated with increased energy consumption, a new study has found. The study used an exergy-based approach to estimate the rebound effect at the national level. The analysis showed that in China, improvements in energy efficiency may be associated with increased levels of energy consumption overall – so-called “backfire”.  …

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Past Event

CIED researchers speak at Green Lib Dems event on environment policy after Brexit

17 September, 2016 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Dr Mari Martiskainen and Dr Jan Rosenow were invited speakers at a Green Lib Dems event on ‘How should we protect the environment outside the EU?’ that took place in Brighton on 17 September. The other invited speakers were Baroness Parminter (LibDem Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs) and Sir Graham Watson (former LibDem MEP). …

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Past Event

Exergy Economics Workshop 2016

13 July, 2016 12:00 pm - 15 July, 2016 12:00 pm
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton

CIED together with Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP) hosted the second International Exergy Economics Workshop on 13-15 July at the University of Sussex. Building on the first such workshop at the University of Leeds in 2014, the event brought together stakeholders and researchers in the field, with the aim to establish the …

The Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency

On Monday 20th April, the International Energy Agency convened a workshop at its headquarters in Paris to discuss the state-of-the-art in evaluating the multiple benefits of energy efficiency. This workshop was attended by around 50 people: evaluators, policy makers and academics from over a dozen countries. The Sussex Energy Group was represented by Lee Stapleton. …

UK’s energy efficiency policy ‘not fully coherent’ –the difficulties of making complex policy mixes work

A recent commentary piece in Ends report (UK’s energy efficiency plan not fully coherent’, by Paul Hatchwell, 7th May) is critical of DECC’s National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEAP).In the article Hatchwell refers to an assessment by the EU-wide Coalition for Energy Savings which concluded that the ‘UK’s plans were considered ‘assessable’€, but classed as …