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EU Energy Efficiency target should be more ambitious and legally binding say leading energy demand researchers

EU Energy Efficiency target should be more ambitious and legally binding say leading energy demand researchers

23 July 2014

The European Commission’s proposed energy efficiency target announced today is insufficient and should remain at the level of 40% originally considered say a leading group of researchers from the UK Research Council’s End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Centres (i).

wholeSEM celebrates first birthday

wholeSEM celebrates first birthday

23 July 2014

The whole systems energy modelling consortium (wholeSEM) celebrated a successful first year by holding their inaugural Annual Conference on 8th & 9th July at the Royal Academy of Engineering. The conference brought together stakeholders from academia, government and industry to discuss and analyse the latest UK government long term pathways from ...

Director's introduction to the summer 2014 newsletter

Director's introduction to the summer 2014 newsletter

Having just returned from working on a Lancet Commission report 'Climate Crisis: Emergency Actions to Protect Human Health' in smog ridden Beijing, the impact of energy use both at a local and global ...

Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health hold second meeting in Beijing

Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health hold second meeting in Beijing

From the July 8-10th, 2014, the Lancet Commission on Climate Change and Health held its second meeting along with a public event held in the evening of the 9th, at Tsinghua University in ...

Fair Pay for Fair Use? Social Challenges to Individual Heat Metering

Fair Pay for Fair Use? Social Challenges to Individual Heat Metering

Current energy policies and popular opinion assume that paying for the heat you use to keep your home warm is entirely fair. This assumption of fairness meant that the presence of gas and ...

Join us: Research Associate in Energy Systems Modelling (x2)

Join us: Research Associate in Energy Systems Modelling (x2)

We are seeking to appoint two Research Associates to undertake dedicated projects in energy systems analysis as part of the UK’s leading energy systems and modelling research team. You will work on ...

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Presents Interim Report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Presents Interim Report to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) interim report has been presented in a briefing on July 8 to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, and the day after to the French government, as host of ...

UCL-Energy transport team collaborate on three new reports

UCL-Energy transport team collaborate on three new reports

The UCL-Energy transport team have published three new reports:

UCL-Energy staff collaborate on 'Air Transportation and the Environment' Special Issue

UCL-Energy staff collaborate on 'Air Transportation and the Environment' Special Issue

A Special Issue on “Air Transportation and the Environment” has been published in the July 2014 volume of Transport Policy, the official journal of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS).

Third MECON project meeting held in Cambodia

Third MECON project meeting held in Cambodia

In May, the third meeting of the MECON project was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The MECON project is investigating effective energy efficiency policy implementation targeting Modern Energy Consumers (i.e. those living ...

UCL-Energy staff publish 'The shape of warmth: temperature profiles in living rooms'

UCL-Energy staff publish 'The shape of warmth: temperature profiles in living rooms'

The most commonly used family of models in representing the UK building stock, BREDEM (the Building Research Establishment Domestic Energy Models), assume that all homes exhibit the same heating pattern and hence can ...

UCL-Energy researcher named regional representative for IEEE Power & Energy Society Women in Power

UCL-Energy researcher named regional representative for IEEE Power & Energy Society Women in Power

Senior Research Associate Dr. Catalina Spataru has been named the regional representative for Europe in the IEEE Power & Energy Society 'Women in Power'.

A new database and 3D model of energy use in the national non-domestic building stock

A new database and 3D model of energy use in the national non-domestic building stock

A team at the UCL Energy Institute led by Professor Philip Steadman is developing a new type of database/ model of the national non-domestic building stock. Other members of the team are Dr ...

UCL-Energy staff and students win third place in Best Paper Award at BSO14 conference

UCL-Energy staff and students win third place in Best Paper Award at BSO14 conference

A paper by UCL-Energy staff and students along with members of ArchiMetrics Ltd won third place in the Best Paper Award category at the 2nd Building Simulation and Optimisation BSO14 conference held ...

UCL-Energy staff undertake independent evaluation of Warm Front scheme

UCL-Energy staff undertake independent evaluation of Warm Front scheme

Working with Ipsos MORI, UCL Energy Institute staff have undertaken an independent evaluation of the Warm Front scheme’s operation for 2005 to the scheme closure in 2013.  The report, which includes qualitative ...

UCL-Energy appoints Colin Calder as a member of the International Advisory Board

UCL-Energy appoints Colin Calder as a member of the International Advisory Board

Colin Calder, the CEO and Founder of PassivSystems, a provider of intelligent connected energy services for residential homes and for optimising solar PV assets, has been appointed to the University College London Energy ...

First UCL symposium on energy, people and society

First UCL symposium on energy, people and society

More than 50 researchers from across UCL working on energy in a social context came together for the first time on Thursday 29 May for the UCL-Energy Social Sciences Group’s event “Energy ...

UCL-Energy joins Ricardo-AEA to propose 2030 renewable energy targets for Scotland

UCL-Energy joins Ricardo-AEA to propose 2030 renewable energy targets for Scotland

Ricardo-AEA, in collaboration with UCL Energy Institute, has been appointed by WWF Scotland – part of the international WWF network, one of the world’s most influential environmental organizations – to propose possible 2030 renewable ...

First IQ SCENE workshop held at the UCL Energy Institute

First IQ SCENE workshop held at the UCL Energy Institute

On 26-27 March 2014, UCL Energy Institute hosted an international workshop on Innovative techniques for Quantitative SCenarios in ENergy and Environmental research (IQ SCENE). This workshop was a joint intitiatve between UCL Energy ...

Two PhD Studentships in Transport Analysis

Two PhD Studentships in Transport Analysis

The UCL Energy Institute invites applications for a fully funded (UK/EU fees plus stipend) 4-year PhD studentship funded under the EPSRC’s DTG programme. One of the thesis topics is to be ...

PhD studentship in Whole Systems Energy Modelling

PhD studentship in Whole Systems Energy Modelling

The UCL Energy Institute invites applications for a fully funded (UK/EU fees plus stipend) 4-year PhD studentship funded under the EPSRC’s DTG programme. The thesis topics are to be linked to ...

INSIGHT_E: An energy think tank informing the European Commission

INSIGHT_E: An energy think tank informing the European Commission

UCL-Energy and 11 European partners recently launched the FP7-funded INSIGHT_E project, which will serve as the European Commission's energy think tank for the next three years. Led by KTH Royal Institute of ...

Blog: It’s time for a new debate about low-carbon heating

Blog: It’s time for a new debate about low-carbon heating

Most people in the UK heat their homes using boilers powered by natural gas, but this cannot continue in the long term if the 2050 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 ...

UCL-Energy joins international DDPP initiative exploring how countries can help achieve a 2⁰ C climate target

UCL-Energy joins international DDPP initiative exploring how countries can help achieve a 2⁰ C climate target

The UCL Energy Institute recently joined an international initiative called the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), led by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations ...

Could we heat homes using fuel cells and hydrogen in the future?

Could we heat homes using fuel cells and hydrogen in the future?

UK homes and businesses could be heated using fuel cells and hydrogen in the future, while simultaneously generating their own electricity a new study by UCL Energy Institute and Imperial College researchers has ...