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Date and Time: 
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 09:00 to 17:00


The Global Sustainability Institute’s (GSI) Balance Network and the Communications and IT Policy panels of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are hosting this symposium which will look at new ways of understanding and exploring ‘work-life balance’ (WLB) in the digital age. 

What role will fossil fuels play in future energy?

By Editor on 20th April 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 18:00 to 19:30


The question for this public debate, organised by Durham Energy Institute and the Durham Miners Association, needs to be addressed in the light of two recent, related and potentially contradictory events. 

The first is the plummeting price and increased availability of oil, which is linked to parallel decreases in gas prices.  The second is the negotiation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on the abatement of climate change by limiting average global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal which will require zero emissions to be achieved sometime between 2030 and 2050. 

Byron Orme, in his new report for the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), suggests that two major challenges need to be overcome in the next 15 years in order to keep the lights on.  These are that a large number of power stations are due to close over that period and their capacity will need to be replaced and that the rollout of renewable technologies creates new difficulties for balancing supply and demand because their output is variable. 

Following completion of the three-year Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) project – an EU project improving the energy efficiency of apartment blocks, led by Changeworks in Scotland, the international project team has produced a project brochure and final report to join the range of other materials arising from the project, such as a technical toolkit for retrofitting and an engagement toolkit – a guide for property and building managers to help support energy efficiency improvements in apartment blocks. 

Next steps for UK domestic energy efficiency policy

By Editor on 6th April 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:30 to 13:00


Richard Mellish, deputy director, Home Energy, Department of Energy and Climate Change will be addressing this conference, organised by Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum, which will assess the future direction of policy on energy efficiency for households and options for government following the expected announcement of a successor scheme to the Green Deal in the next few months. 

SDRN Mailing, 23 March 2016

By Editor on 23rd March 2016
Found in: News

Investment in Britain's electricity infrastructure is stalling. New investment is needed to reduce the risk of a capacity shortfall and to make it possible to meet the UK's carbon budgets.

In the context of the continuing political polarisation around climate change and energy issues, Climate Outreach saw the need to reflect the views of centre-right citizens accurately and to build communications around their values. 

The core of the research focused on four narrative workshops in rural and urban areas, and, building on previous work, stakeholder interviews and a literature review, the research team developed an evidence base of the frames and narratives that would resonate most strongly with centre-right audiences around renewables and energy efficiency. 

In summer 2015, TEDDINET (Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation NETwork), the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Sustainability First launched a joint ‘research challenge’ to understand how future household smart-meter energy data might be deployed to serve the public interests and commissioned two researchers to produce short discussion papers to consider these questions. 

Date and Time: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 13:00 to 14:00

University College London

This talk outlines the underlying economics of energy sector decision making and implications for the design of climate policies. It illustrates three different domains of decisions, and corresponding pillars of policy which flow from these.