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Professor Peter Taylor Invited Speaker on Energy Research and Development

Prof Peter Taylor from the Centre for Integrated Energy Research was an invited speaker at a recent symposium on Energy Research and Development (R&D) organised by the Chair of Energy Sustainability at the University of Barcelona. Prof Taylor’s talk focused on the role of R&D in supporting improved demand-side energy efficiency. His presentation showed that, while funding for demand-side RD&D is growing in many countries, it frequently does not reflect the importance given to energy efficiency in national energy policies. Furthermore, he argued that to be successful, future energy efficiency innovation policies need to adopt a more systemic approach and address not only technological performance and cost, but also a wide range of other barriers preventing the successful commercialisation and adoption of efficient demand-side technologies.