SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit

Critically examining smart, industrial, and household energy systems in Mexico, N. Ireland, and UAE

This research program is focused on critically examining smart, industrial, and household energy systems for their role and impact in low-carbon energy transitions. The program is divided into three separate projects: (1) Smart Home Technology Adoption, (2) Industrial Decarbonization, and (3) Fuel and Mobility Poverty. This collection of projects will provide a holistic and in-depth review and assessment of key energy transition challenges across the building, industry and transportation sectors, which collectively account for about 40% of direct global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The overall goal of this program is to advance the state-of-knowledge on how these sectors can decarbonize with consideration of both technologies and societal impacts. A global reach for two out of the three projects is going to be incorporated into the analyses to highlight how, in different regions of the world, the subjects of smart home technologies adoption and fuel and transport poverty are being approached. The fist will compare experts’ perspectives in two regions; Europe and the Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The latter, through analysis of public input, will compare individuals’ perspectives of fuel and mobility poverty in Mexico City, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Belfast, Ireland. Both studies will result in a comparative analysis that will allow researchers and policy makers to identify best practices worldwide.

Context

The research program is focused on critically examining smart, industrial, and household energy systems for their role and impact in low-carbon energy transitions. The program is divided into three separate projects:

  1. Smart home technology adoption
  2. Industrial decarbonization
  3. Fuel and mobility poverty.

These studies will provide a holistic, in-depth review and assessment of key challenges for net-zero carbon emissions across the building, industry and transportation sectors, which collectively account for about 40% of direct global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The studies will compare perspectives in two regions; Europe and the Middle East, specifically the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well as individuals’ perspectives of fuel and mobility poverty in Mexico City, Mexico, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Belfast, Ireland. 

Impact and Outreach

The overall goal of this program is to advance the understanding on how these sectors can decarbonize considering both technologies and societal impacts.  The comparative analysis will allow researchers and policy makers to identify best practices worldwide.

Further info

Funder: Khalifa University of Science & Technology – High Impact Grant