Why ‘rebound effects’ may cut energy savings in half
Gains in energy efficiency can also encourage behavioural change towards more energy use, meaning some of the anticipated energy savings may be “taken back”. This is known as the “rebound effect”. There is a risk that global climate action relies too heavily on energy savings that may not materialise.
Cumbria mine: is there a technical need for new coal mines in the UK?
CREDS researchers share their thoughts on the proposed new coal mine in West Cumbria, which would be the first new deep coal mine in the UK in 30 years.
Parents, preeners, pets and pipes: what motivates heating decisions?
Why do people heat their homes the way they do, and what are the underlying patterns behind personal heating preferences and practices?
Decarbonising Heating in Homes – Can the UK Parliamentary Committee for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy make progress?
Jan Webb reflects on the recent BEIS inquiry on heating homes where, alongside Nick Eyre director of CREDS, she answered questions about potential technologies, including housing retrofit, and their challenges and price tags.
The gaping hole in energy policy
Rihab Khalid reviews Sarah Royston’s webinar: Inadmissible evidence? The role of Social Sciences and Humanities in EU energy policy
Government, policy and impact in CREDS
What are the routes to policy impact? Kay Jenkinson explores in her latest blog.
Decarbonising Scottish heat demand: implications for electricity networks
Reflections on CREDS webinar ‘Decarbonising Heat Demand: a Scottish Case Study’ by researcher Daniel Scamman
Identifying the vulnerable: energy and transport poverty and beyond
Guest author, Caitlin Robinson, reflects on our webinar ‘Identifying the vulnerable: energy and transport poverty and beyond’ which made the case for greater recognition and understanding of the intersection between energy poverty and transport poverty – termed double energy vulnerability.
It’s time to stop talking about targets and instead talk about governance
A target isn’t action – it is the promise of it. This blog and call for papers asks how carbon targets are interpreted at and across different levels of governance and different policy areas?
The UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a green industrial revolution
Despite the positive steps, two key questions remain unanswered: What is the strategy? And where are the people? Nick Eyre responds to the plan.
Reflections on Steph Parker’s webinar: Making government policy: what does a Policy Professional do?
Rare insights into behind-the-scenes processes and protocols reassured guest author Sam Hampton that government policies are well-considered.
More and better homes – the opportunity of self build
Slower not faster planning permission offers opportunities for housing innovation. Guest author Matt Lane discusses in our latest blog.
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