Energy efficiency

Over the next few decades making better use of energy resources will be just as important as finding alternative sources of supply. Energy Efficiency research is subsumed into End Use Energy Demand (EUED) which is concerned with reducing the amount of energy required to maintain economic activity and to achieve sustainable lifestyles. EUED can be sub divided in several ways, for example by:

Sector Industry, Buildings and Transport
Services Passenger and Freight transport, Structural Materials, Sustenance, Hygiene (household and personal cleanliness), Thermal Comfort, Communication and Lighting.
End Uses Food, Entertainment, Health, Education, Heating, Cooling and Refrigeration and Travel.

These various divisions can be more or less useful for different purposes, but EUED involves complex systems for which it is difficult to define appropriate boundaries. Traditional, sector-based approaches to EUED research typically fail to capture this complexity.

The Energy Programme (in collaboration with the Manufacturing the Future Programme) has committed over £30 million to the establishment of six End Use Energy Demand Centres, and a further £13 million has been committed by industrial partners. The centres will run for 5 years initially and will work collaboratively to conduct research to help better understand the UK's future energy needs. For more information on individual centres, please see our centres page.

In collaboration with the Digital Economy programme the Energy programme has established the TEDDI( Transforming Energy Demand through Digital Innovation) programme which has funded more than 20 projects with a total value of over £20 million. The projects are networked through the TEDDINET network

We have also established a doctoral training centre to create highly skilled workers for universities, industry and commerce. For demand reduction in building a doctoral training centre, which is a collaboration between the UCL Energy Institute and Loughborough University, has been funded. By continuing our work in this area we aim to both better understand influences on energy demand and provide mechanisms by which it can be reduced. As a result the UK demand for energy can then be reduced through the development of both policy and new technologies.