Research

Transitions to low energy buildings

Buildings account for approximately 40% of total energy consumption in Europe and worldwide, and emissions from both both existing and new buildings need to be addressed in order to develop a wholly sustainable building sector. Nevertheless, buildings and homes are complex socio-technical systems which involve a range of technologies, actors, regulations, institutions and cultural connotations. The following projects fit under this research theme. 

Community energy action and grassroots innovations

Grassroots and social innovations usually involve civil society actors and initiatives which address the sustainability of socio-technical systems such as energy. Actors such as voluntary community organisations can perform duties that have historically been in the hands of incumbent organisations. Concepts such as community energy reflect on the changing role of consumers and user behaviour in the wider energy system. The following projects address some of these issues in more detail:

Diffusion of energy technologies

Energy policy decisions are often debated on their economic grounds, but they also have far-reaching political, environmental and social implications. The following projects fall under this theme.