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Briefing note: Hinkley Point C and other third-generation nuclear in the context of the UK’s future energy system

Briefing note: Hinkley Point C and other third-generation nuclear in the context of the UK’s future energy system

15 September 2016

UCL-Energy Principal Research Associate Andrew ZP Smith and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources Professor Michael Grubb have prepared a briefing note on Hinkley Point C and other third-generation nuclear in the context of the UK’s future energy system. 

Investigation of high renewable energy penetration in the island of Syros following the interconnection with the national grid system

Investigation of high renewable energy penetration in the island of Syros following the interconnection with the national grid system

This paper aims to assess the potential of high renewable energy (wind and solar) integration in the Greek island of Syros, following the scheduled interconnection with the national grid system. Currently, Syros operates ...

Geographical information system as support tool for sustainable Energy Action Plan

Geographical information system as support tool for sustainable Energy Action Plan

The Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) shows that in 2008, the European Commission approved a package of measures entitled "Energy for a Changing World" which is also known as "20-20-20" targets. Therefore, for ...

Emissions budgets for shipping in a 2°C and a 4°C global warming scenario, and implications for operational efficiency

Emissions budgets for shipping in a 2°C and a 4°C global warming scenario, and implications for operational efficiency

To achieve the widely accepted goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, greenhouse gas emissions must reduce drastically over the coming decades. Under this premise, the assumption that ...

Dead in the water: an analysis of industry practices and perceptions on vessel efficiency and stranded ship assets

Dead in the water: an analysis of industry practices and perceptions on vessel efficiency and stranded ship assets

This paper presents an analysis of the concept of stranded assets in the context of shipping. It presents the findings of a series of semi-structured interviews with the industry’s leading debt and ...

Policy implications of meeting the 2C climate target

Policy implications of meeting the 2C climate target

The inherently global nature of shipping has (certainly in the past half century) dictated the regulation of the shipping sector. Both the IMO and the ICS have affirmed their position that the regulation ...

Stranded assets and the shipping industry

Stranded assets and the shipping industry

According to IMO forecasts, CO2 emissions from world shipping could double by the year 2050. Although shipping is in most cases the most efficient mode of transport per unit of transport supply, it ...

Investigating shipping behaviour in emission control areas: a visual approach to data analysis

Investigating shipping behaviour in emission control areas: a visual approach to data analysis

This paper explores a method of analysing large volumes of geographic data by combining visual and numerical components. For great parts of the work, we use an instance of CartoDB, a tool that ...

Explaining domestic energy consumption - The comparative contribution of building factors, socio-demographics, behaviours and attitudes

Explaining domestic energy consumption - The comparative contribution of building factors, socio-demographics, behaviours and attitudes

This paper tests to what extent different types of variables (building factors, socio-demographics, attitudes and self-reported behaviours) explain annualized energy consumption in residential buildings, and goes on to show which individual variables have ...

A review of socio-technical energy transition (STET) models

A review of socio-technical energy transition (STET) models

Many existing technical feasibility and modelling studies in the energy field are criticised for their limited treatment of societal actors and socio-political dynamics, poor representation of the co-evolving nature of society and technology ...

A Thousand Flowers bloom: energy economic modelling of microgeneration dense futures for the UK

A Thousand Flowers bloom: energy economic modelling of microgeneration dense futures for the UK

Transition pathways to a sustainable energy future depend not only on specific physical and technical factors but are also influenced by social, political and economic considerations. The UK electricity system has evolved under ...

CO2 emission targets for shipping

CO2 emission targets for shipping

This paper follows on from Smith et al. (2015), a paper presented at IMO MEPC 68 as a first framing of the concept of a target for shipping. This paper uses that paper ...

Water-Energy-Land Nexus - Modelling long-term scenarios for Brazil

Water-Energy-Land Nexus - Modelling long-term scenarios for Brazil

This paper analyses the water-energy-land nexus in Brazil. Recent drought saw more than 1% of the nation’s economy lost and resulted in unprecedented widespread water scarcity. Four power generation scenarios were evaluated ...

From social and technical to socio-technical: integrated research on domestic energy efficiency

From social and technical to socio-technical: integrated research on domestic energy efficiency

Research understanding energy consumption is usually approached from either an engineering or social science perspective. The result is either understanding technologies and materials or understanding people. Yet energy consumption is clearly an interaction ...

Spatially and Temporally Explicit Energy System Modelling to Support the Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Infrastructure – Case Study for Wind Energy in the UK

Spatially and Temporally Explicit Energy System Modelling to Support the Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Infrastructure – Case Study for Wind Energy in the UK

Renewable energy sources and electricity demand vary with time and space and the energy system is constrained by the location of the current infrastructure in place. The transitioning to a low carbon energy ...

Shipping and aviation

Shipping and aviation

In addressing these and other global energy issues, the purpose of this book is to lay out the broad global energy landscape, exploring how these issues might develop in coming decades, and the ...