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May 2013

CIER hosted a visit by Dr Sea Rotmann, of Sustainable Energy Advice New Zealand. Sea presented on the work of the International Energy Agency’s Task 24 on Demand Side Management, for which she is one of the operating agents working on behaviour change. This task connects an international network of behaviour change researchers and practitioners that is open to all – including engineers! - by invitation. For more information, please email Paul Upham who will forward you details.

Dr Paul Upham, CIER was an invited speaker on public acceptance at a London workshop of the Technology Strategy Board’s Energy Generation and Supply KTN, opened by Minister of State Gregory Barker, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Dr Doug Angus, Associate Professor in Applied and Theoretical Seismology (CiPEG), has been awarded a 5 year EPSRC Early Career Fellowship worth £1m titled “Reducing uncertainty in predicting the risk of geological storage of CO2 - Improved geomechanical models and calibration using seismic data”. Peter Taylor of the Centre for integrated Energy Research will support the programme of research by providing expertise on energy whole systems and energy system modelling. The fellowship will focus on the geological storage of CO2, which is a vital part of carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) - now widely recognised as a practical strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards a low carbon economy.

Energy Leeds has successfully been awarded funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to develop collaborative links with Korean Universities and companies. A delegation, led by Leeds, including representatives from DECC, EPSRC and Edinburgh Nottingham and Cambridge Universities will be going to Korea in September to start the development of a collaboration on Clean Coal Technologies and CCS. A reciprocal visit by the Koreans to the UK will take place in 2014.

April 2013

Socio-technical transitions (STT) literature tells us that government policies designed to incubate and support technological innovations are important for low transition to a low carbon future. In this presentation, hosted by the University of Leeds’ Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) and Center for Integrated Energy Research (CIER), Dr Caroline Kuzemko of the University of Exeter will discuss the importance of understanding how energy policy is constructed and how energy policy is affected by interactions with political institutions. The presentation will focus on the effect of the neoliberal economic policy paradigm on energy policy, including the constraint on specific energy targets and the lack of support for low carbon technologies. Dr Kuzemko is a research fellow working as part of an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded project, Innovation and Governance (IGov), based at the University of Exeter. Her research interests are international political economy, UK energy and climate governance, and institutional change. This Seminar is on Thursday 16th May, 4.00-5.00pm, Seminar room 3 - 8.119, School of Earth and Environment.

March 2013

  1. Dr Catherine Bale (Centre for Integrated Energy Research, Energy Research Institute) has been awarded a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship by the EPSRC. In her research Catherine will apply a socio-technical perspective and complexity science method to explore heat supply and demand in an urban context.

The research of Prof William Gale, Dr Tim Foxon and Dr Catherine Bale has been featured in US MagazineAtlantic Cities. Report the teams work onmathematically modelling how energy-efficient technology is diffused through a community, in the hopes that city policy-makers might one day be able to use this sophisticated math to figure out how to get you (and your friends, and your friends’ friends) to install solar panels on your roof or to retrofit that drafty attic. Further details are available on the Atlantic Cities website.

Dr Paul Upham (CIER, SRI) is a co-investigator on the recently successful EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy challenge grant: “Increasing energy yield from the integration of anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis”. The project involves Aston University, University of Southampton, Harper Adams University College, the Open University and the University of Leeds. Paul will work on stakeholder perceptions.

  1. On 5 March, Prof Peter Taylor was an invited guest speaker at the First Global Collaboration Symposium on Human Survivability organised by the Graduate School of Advanced Leadership Studies at Kyoto University, Japan. The topic of his talk was “Training Global Leaders to Meet Future Energy Challenges”, in which he described the University of Leeds Centre for Doctoral Training (DTC) in Low Carbon Technologies.

February 2013

Join the Doctoral Training Centre for Low Carbon Technologies for a Climate Week film showing: 'Chasing Ice, a film by Jeff Orlowski', Monday 4th March, 18:30, Leeds University Business School, Western Lecture Theatre. In Chasing Ice, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers. His hauntingly beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. Book your free tickets here: http://chasingiceleeds.eventbrite.com

We heat our homes with it, we cook with it and our economy is fuelled by it. Please join us for the CCCEP Climate Week Lecture: 'ŒIs natural gas the answer to the UK's energy challenges'. There'll be plenty of opportunity for a high octane debate both at the lecture, and afterwards, in the Albert Room, at the Victoria Pub on Great George Street, Leeds.

Our presenter will be Professor Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy at  SPRU, University of Sussex & Research Director at the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). The lecture is on Tuesday 5th March, 5.30-6.45pm, Conference Auditorium 2, University of Leeds. Please register at:
http://cccep-climateweek.eventbrite.co.uk

Dr Michael Appleby - The future of livestock: feeding the world sustainably and humanely. Thursday 7th February saw Dr Michael Appleby visit the University to present an interdisciplinary talk on the future of food and farming. The popularity of the event surprised even the Low Carbon Technologies DTC students who organised it, with students and staff from across the university filling LTB in the engineering building. The talk itself covered a wide range of subjects from animal welfare to individual dietary choices and sparked a host of questions and debates which led on into the evening. The talk is also being featured as part of the World Universities Network's 'ŒAdapting to Climate Change' seminar series. As a part of this, a team from Media Services recorded the entire event which is now available for anyone who missed it to catch up on: http://www.wun.ac.uk/events/future-livestock-feeding-world-sustainably-and-humanely

Enough is Enough Book Launch. On Thursday 24th January the Sustainability Research Institute hosted a book launch for 'Enough is Enough' by Dan O'Neil and Rob Dietz, with the former providing an interesting overview of the book's main arguments. The book suggests that the economy requires significant transition in order to deliver sustainable resource use. They argue that ever increasing consumption is not delivering improvements in welfare and prosperity, and that a steady state economy could potentially deliver the sustainability we need.

January 2013

Catherine Bale delivered a talk on climate change and exploring the evidence as part of the ethics/general studies course for 100 6th Form students at William Howard school in Brampton.

Second year students in the Doctoral Training Centre for Low Carbon Technologies took an unusual approach to a conference presentation at the end of November, using limericks as their method of communication. The students were taking part in “2-minute pitch” competition as part of an Energy Network (http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/CDT+Overview) conference with PhD students from other energy doctoral training centres across the UK. Their pitch took the form of a 2-minute video. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLgM0T8Qcrc and see their poster on display in the Energy Building atrium.

Prof Peter Taylor was the invited keynote speaker at the Fifth Energy Policy Roundtable 2012 organised by the Todai Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) of the Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan. His presentation was on “Meeting energy challenges through technology and innovation: implications for Japan and the rest of Asia”. Further information, including the presentation slides, is available at: http://pari.u-tokyo.ac.jp/eng/event/smp121219_info_eng.html.

Andy Gouldson and Phil Webber have been awarded 98k from the Sainsbury's Family Charitable Trust to evaluate the impacts of a city-scale retrofit scheme on household energy demand, and to assess variations in levels of participation in/the impact of such schemes across social and economic groups.

An abstract submission by Paul Upham and Peter Taylor was accepted for the April workshop ‘Tools in the Policy Formulation Process’, funded by the LIASE Network of Excellence: Linking Impact Assessment Instruments to Sustainability Expertise http://www.liaise-noe.eu/ . Paul will also attend a joint workshop on transport and innovation policy organized by LIAISE and the Finnish Environment Institute on March 6th.

Paul Upham attended an EERA E3 Joint Programme UK Involvement Meeting at UKERC on 11th January 2013 (also representing Peter Taylor). EERA is the European Energy Research Alliance: http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/support/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=1090

Zia Wadud presented at 45th Annual UTSG Conference, Oxford 2-4, Jan 2012, Paper titled: Unintended Transport Implication of an Energy-Environment Policy: The Case of CNG Conversion in Dhaka.

December 2012

CIER is recruiting for an Associate Professor / Chair in Efficient Energy Utilisation
The role of Professor or Associate Professor in Efficient Energy Utilisation offers the opportunity to join a dynamic and vibrant energy research community at the University of Leeds. The Centre for Integrated Energy Research is a major new strategic investment by the University of Leeds, and will host this Professor or Associate Professor position.

The successful applicant will bring both the depth of disciplinary knowledge and the integrated perspective needed to address key energy demand and efficiency problems. We welcome applications from candidates with research interests in science, technology, engineering and/or design for efficient energy use and energy demand reduction. For more information please see here. The closing date for applications is 18th January 2013.

Prof John Barrett (School of Earth and Environment) will lead the University of Leeds’ involvement in the EPSRC funded UK Indemand Centre will focus on reducing the use of both energy, and energy-intensive materials, in the Industries that supply the UK's physical needs, developing a better understanding of the operation and performance of the whole material and energy system of UK industry. This will identify the policy, business and consumer triggers that would lead to significant change while supporting UK prosperity.

The Institute for Transport Studies will play an important role in the DEMAND: Dynamics of Energy Mobility and Demand Centre, one of the RCUK’s five new End Use Energy Demand (EUED) research centres. The DEMAND Centre will share research aimed at achieving the UK’s 2050 greenhouse gas emissions target. It will focus on the end user in two traditionally separate sectors, mobility and building. Concentrating on the end user, rather than on pre-defined sectors or resources, should provide a more effective way of creating lasting strategies that have a significant impact on energy demand in the UK. Dr Greg Marsden is leading the ITS team. Dr Zia Wadud of the Centre for Integrated Energy Research and Dr Tony Whiteing and Dr Caroline Mullen of ITS are also involved with the DEMAND Centre’s work. More information on the ITS website.

The Energy CDT Network brought together the 13 Energy Centres for Doctoral Training to collaborate on training programmes and research projects, share best practice and communicate their work to the public. Students from the University of Leeds Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies led public engagement activities at the conference, creating 2 minute videos with conference participants to explain their research to secondary school students,   and presented on the work public engagement work at the Green Man Festival.

The first University of Leeds TEDx event, focusing on Transport and Energy (see below for additional details), was held on 1st November 2012. The event was hosted by the Transport Systems Hub and sponsored the Centre for Integrated Energy Research. All the videos from the event, including 4 talks by University of Leeds students, can be found on the TEDx Website.

According to a recent report by the OECD (2012), prepared by the International Transport Forum, compared to 2010 figures, global passenger volumes could grow as much as 2.5 times by 2050, and freight growth could be as much as four times. Despite efforts in promoting energy efficiency, the resulting CO2 emissions from the projected increase in passenger and freight transport are expected to be 2.5 times the 2010 figures. The University of Leeds TEDx event brought together a number of leading academics and experts whose work aims to contribute to a substantial reduction in emissions from transport by means of behaviour change, new technologies and new ways of travelling around our future cities.

November 2012

Dr Chris Martin present to the UK Government Linked Data Working Group - Quick Start Team event – at the Opening the Doors event  5th November 2012. The research presented takes a socio-technical perspective to understanding the challenges faced by UK public bodies in realizing the open data vision. Slides available here and contact c.a.martin@leeds.ac.uk for further information.