Sustainability Research Institute

Energy and Climate Change Mitigation (ECCM)

Our main research aim is to understand whole energy systems and how they might transition in order to mitigate climate change. We undertake interdisciplinary research across the energy system, with a particular focus on local generation, distribution, storage and demand, covering both electricity and heat, and considering the wider relationship between energy, economy and society. We work with a broad range of stakeholders across the system at the international (International Energy Agency, IPCC), national (DECC, Defra, the Committee on Climate Change, Energy Research Partnership) and local (cities, local authorities and communities) scale.

There are 5 key topics that we cover within this area:

Energy systems modelling

  • Whole energy systems modelling, e.g. agent-based, complexity and techno-economic modelling
  • Energy-environment-economy modelling, e.g. Multiregional input-output modelling and econometrics

 Understanding impacts and distribution of energy systems

  •  Global resource consumption and impacts
  •  Energy vulnerability

 Issues of scale

  •  Local and community energy strategy
  •  City-level energy systems
  •  Multilevel scale e.g. links between international, national and local energy policy
  •  Decentralised energy options

 Transitions and development

  •  Low carbon transition pathways
  •  Energy system transition scenarios
  •  Energy requirements of human needs and economic development

 Governance and policy of energy systems

  • Governance of low carbon transitions
  • Demand-reduction policy
  • International climate policy
  • Energy-system regulation
  • Local energy policy
  • Valuing energy systems to include social and environmental value

We take an interdisciplinary approach to the research challenges by applying a range of methods and working collaboratively with those in disciplines across social science, physical science, engineering, economics and business.

 

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