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Centre for Integrated Energy Research

Energy and Cities

Members of the Centre are playing a key role in the shaping thinking (in research and practice) around the role of cities play in the transition to a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system. Members of the Centre are working on projects focused on: the economics of low carbon cities; establishing the priority research questions associated with making the transition to low carbon cities; and energy decision making in cities. For further details please contact Dr Catherine Bale (c.s.e.bale@leeds.ac.uk).

Please see an example of our work on 'Capturing the Social Benefits of District Heating' by Dr Catherine Bale and DTC Low Carbon PhD student Ruth Bush. For further information on this work please visit the Leeds Heat website.

City

If the UK is to meet national and European energy sustainability targets, the active involvement of local government is essential.

Energy Decision Making for UK Cities; CIER Lead - Professor William Gale; Sponsor - EPSRC.

Cities are a key contributor to the UK’s national energy landscape, given our heavily urban population, commerce and (to a lesser extent) industry. Thus, if the UK is to meet national and European energy sustainability targets, the active involvement of local government is essential. Unfortunately, most cities lack the expertise and the resources to make effective strategic decisions on energy.

Therefore, we are developing the basis of key strategic energy decision making support tools that cities will need. We are using complex systems to integrate the technological, policy and socio-technical aspects of energy planning. These capabilities are honed with a major case study of the City of Leeds. This case study encompasses: the decision making process, both internal to the local authority and the influence of key actors/stakeholders; a city wide study of energy consumers; a special focus on an area with a high incidence of social deprivation and fuel poverty; and city-scale aspects of The Green Deal.