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Next Steps for UK Heat Policy

By Editor on 26th October 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

With heating and hot water for UK buildings accounting for around 40 per cent of our energy consumption and 20 per cent of our greenhouse gas emissions, there is a need to largely eliminate these emissions by around 2050 in order to meet the targets in the Climate Change Act and maintain the UK contribution to international action under the Paris Agreement. 

A new Green Alliance policy insight reviews the electricity system in the UK, which is currently sustained by the exact correspondence of electricity demand and electricity supply. 

Two new reports investigate ‘smart-eco’ policy trends in the UK and the Netherlands, including case studies of 10 UK cities and four Dutch ones.

The concept of the ‘smart-eco’ city reflects what is often a large overlap between the newer ‘smart’ agenda (usually focusing on areas such as ICT, urban infrastructure and governance) and the existing sustainability agenda (covering areas such as energy, waste management and mobility as well as economic development).

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:00

London

This panel discussion is an introduction to some of the issues examined in the University of Westminster’s new interdisciplinary MA programme, Energy and Environmental Change.

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Electric vehicles in Europe

By Editor on 28th September 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

A new report from the European Environment Agency provides a non-technical summary of electric road vehicles in Europe, including those with hybrid technologies.

The report summarises developments on the path to a more sustainable transport system, explains how electric vehicles work and describes the different types of vehicles on the market, outlining their respective advantages and disadvantages. The report looks at measures that promote electric vehicle use and identifies the main barriers restricting their broader use.  

Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 17:30 to 19:00

University of Westminster, London

Since the 2000s, the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, growing climate change concerns, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. This panel discussion seeks to provide new perspectives on world energy prospects and challenges.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 09:00 to 17:00

Edinburgh

ClimateXChange and the University of Edinburgh are hosting this interdisciplinary event to bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners to take stock of the current state of practice and knowledge of local energy systems in the UK, and look forward to the key challenges and opportunities for the future.

The event will address the following three questions:

Radical Technology Revisited

By Editor on 17th August 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, September 2, 2016 - 09:30 to 17:00

Bristol

Is Progress an illusion?  Is Technology the problem or the solution? What are the practical alternatives?  Such questions were asked 40 years ago in the pioneering book, Radical Technology. This conference will ask them again with even more urgency.

A new paper by Caroline Wilson and Melissa Marselle, published in Energy Research & Social Science, examines the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) as a possible aid to developing behaviour change to reduce energy consumption.  The researchers mapped components of behaviour change programmes, as identified in four EU guidance documents, onto the BCW.  Most components were readily coded to the BCW framework, with energy price being the only main component under-represented.  Based on this work, they believe that the BCW offers a useful aid for the systematic design and development aro

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

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