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BEIS invites UK experts to express their interest in serving on the Editorial Board of the Emission Factor Database (EFDB) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The deadline for applications is 20 December 2017.

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Energy use in the built environment

By Robert Lyons on 15th November 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 18:00 to 20:30

Cardiff

Energy use in housing in the UK accounts for 27 per cent of carbon emissions. Therefore improving energy efficiency and using renewable energy in housing stock presents a great opportunity to contribute towards the 2050 target of an 80 per cent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The UK Energy Research Centre has launched a £1.5 million Whole Systems Networking Fund. Funded by EPSRC, this scheme aims to improve the diversity, communications and collaboration between whole systems energy researchers and those engaged in more disciplinary focused areas of research.

The Fund will help develop best practice around networking, encouraging better representation of UK capacity in whole systems energy research, encourage fresh voices and foster new working relationships within the community.

Interdisciplinary whole systems research has attracted increasing interest both in the UK and internationally as a response to complex societal challenges such as the sustainable energy transition. Yet, this article for Energy Research & Social Science argues, this  research is often poorly understood by funders, commissioners, assessors and the researchers involved, in terms of its particular aims and needs.

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A new report by the Overseas Development Institute and Climate Action Network finds that from 2014 to 2016, EU governments provided 997 fossil fuel subsidies, provided through fiscal support, public finance and investment by state-owned enterprises (SOEs). In total, 11 European countries and the EU provided at least €112 billion in subsidies per year.

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Powering Cities in the Global South

By Robert Lyons on 4th October 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report by the World Resource Institute (WRI) highlights fundamental energy challenges facing cities in the global South and offers practical solutions for how cities can meet the needs of the underserved city dwellers while charting development models that slow carbon emissions.

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Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 08:30 to 13:00

With the UK set to miss its 2020 renewable targets, and following the recent private acquisition of the GIG and the Green Deal Finance Company, delegates will consider opportunities for attracting further private investment in green projects.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 13:30 to 17:00

This Centre for Sustainable Energy half-day workshop will examine the potential of smart energy technologies to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable households.

The workshop will combine an exploration of the opportunities on offer, live demonstrations (hopefully!), case studies of current best practice and will consider the policy and market settings for future action.

6th Annual Oxford Energy Day: Energy in growing economies

By Robert Lyons on 20th September 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:00 to 19:00

Oxford

Energy use in non-OECD countries is expected to increase by some 50 per cent from 2015 to 2035. How this increase is achieved, and whether it can be sustainably accelerated, is not only of interest for OECD countries, but also for the rest of the world, both because of climate change and the possibility of developing new forms of energy infrastructure.

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Sustainable Mobility through Fuel Cells and H2

By Robert Lyons on 30th August 2017
Found in: Research and Resources

In 2050, 113million fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) could save up to 68 million tonnes of fuel and almost 200 million tonnes of carbon emissions. As such, they could make a significant contribution to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector. That is the conclusion reached in a study produced by Shell and the Wuppertal Institute jointly and which now has been translated into English.

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