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Centre for Integrated Energy Research

Energy Demand Reduction and Management

Decarbonising the UK economy will require significant reductions in energy consumption, in conjunction with significant reductions in GHG emission associated with the generation and supply of energy. The Centre has an established, and growing, range of expertise in the reduction and management of energy demand. In our research we address challenges across the domestic, commercial, industry and transport sectors, by integrating expertise from behavioural, technological, policy, economic and ICT disciplines. Much of our work, including the Land of the MUSCos (Multi-Utility Service Companies) project described below, focuses on the reduction of energy in conjunction with demand for other utilities and services (e.g. water, mobility). For further details please contact Dr Julia Steinberger (j.k.steinberger@leeds.ac.uk).

Land of the MUSCOs: Multi-utility Service Companies; CIER Lead - Dr Julia Steinberger (School of Earth and Environment); Sponsor - EPSRC; http://sure-infrastructure.leeds.ac.uk.

The Land of the MUSCos: Multi-utility Service Companies project, or LotM for short, is based on three observations of current infrastructure operation:

  1. Governance based on unmanaged growing demand is both inefficient and unsustainable
  2. Current design and operation do not integrate the end-users, in terms of their crucial role in selecting and using technological options, and the variety of their wants and behaviours
  3. Separate and parallel delivery of different infrastructure streams prohibits the development of potential joint solutions, or even substitutions, between infrastructure systems

These characteristics of current infrastructure and utilities act as obstacles to technical innovation and longer term sustainability.

In our energy demand research we address challenges across the domestic, commercial, industry and transport sectors, by integrating expertise from behavioural, technological, policy, economic and ICT disciplines.


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The central aim of the project is to address all three of these challenges simultaneously through the study and modelling of alternative operation configurations, which must be: centred on the end-user; concerned with implementing efficiency improvements; and take into account multiple utility streams simultaneously.

Based on the project’s findings, recommendations for industry actors and policy makers will be put forward for public endorsement in a "MUSCos Charter."