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End Use Energy Demand (EUED) research is concerned with reducing the amount of energy required to maintain economic activity and to achieve sustainable lifestyles.

The UK is legally committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. The scenarios produced by DECC for the Low Carbon Transition plan suggest that this will require corresponding reductions of 26-43% in UK energy consumption by 2050. This represents a substantial departure from historical trends and, in a context of rising affluence and growing population, it presents a significant challenge.

The required reduction in energy consumption can be achieved by improving the efficiency with which energy is used at all stages of the chain from primary energy supply to final energy service, as well as changing and/or reducing demand for those energy services themselves. This requires changes in both individual technologies and the broader systems in which they are embedded. In addition, there is a need for energy demand to become more flexible and responsive to accommodate more intermittent sources of energy supply.

The research required to support this change in energy demand requires a broad based, problem-directed and multidisciplinary approach. Priority topics include:

  1. The interrelationship between technological changes and social behaviour at the individual, group and macro (economic) level.
  2. Design of products, equipment and building that supports step-changes in behaviour or operational end use energy demand.
  3. The need to understand how and why social practices change and their impact on energy demand.
  4. Design of infrastructure at different scales that enables significant future progress in end use energy demand reduction.
  5. The need for a 'whole systems' approach because of complex interaction between sectors.
  6. The use of ICT in increasing operability, control and visibility.
  7. The storage, transmission and conversion of energy to useful services (e.g. thermal comfort, sustenance, mobility, etc.) and developments in materials science and technology to achieve the improvements needed.

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Click here to view the latest update of the work carried out by our research team presented in our last Workshop in March 2018 at Loughborough University.

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