SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions

A new UK Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) which involves various academics from the Science Policy Research Unit launched on 20 September 2018. It aims to understand the changes in energy demand needed for the transition to a secure and affordable low carbon energy system.

Nick Eyre, Director of CREDS and Professor at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, introduced the challenge of reducing energy demand as:

“The goals of a secure, affordable, low carbon energy system are only achievable if energy demand is reduced, decarbonised and made more flexible. Understanding how these changes can happen is a major inter-disciplinary research challenge.

The new Centre builds on research undertaken by the EUED – a series of projects that explored new ways to manage energy demand - including the Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED) which was based at the University of Sussex and ran from 2013 – 2018.

CIED Director Prof Benjamin Sovacool, Co-Director Prof Steven Sorrell and Doctoral Researcher Donal Brown presented the group’s findings, with Prof Sovacool giving an overview, Prof Sorrell talking about CIED’s work on Transport and Rebound and Mr Brown talking about CIED research on Housing and Buildings.

Taking forward the work of CIED and the other EUED projects, the vision for CREDS is to raise the profile of energy demand research for the public, government and within research circles and transform the energy demand landscape.

The Centre, which is made of a team of over 40 academics at 13 UK institutions, is funded with £19.5 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Further information

Visit the CREDS website