End use energy demand in buildings, transport and industry

The energy consumption scenarios produced by Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the Low Carbon Transition plan show that a reduction in energy consumption of 26-43 per cent will be required to achieve an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions. Significant improvements in energy efficiency will be required to meet this target. A skills gap has been identified in this area.

This priority area focuses on the reduction in demand for energy in new and existing buildings, transport and Industry. This is a highly multidisciplinary area which includes:

  • Social behaviour at the individual, group and macro (economic) level and the need for technological research to take this into account;
  • The need for a 'whole systems' approach because of complex interactions;
  • The use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in increasing operability, control and visibility; and the storage, transmission and upgrading of heat and interactions with energy supply systems and networks.

Proposals could be in individual sectors (Industry, transport or buildings) or cover a combination of the sectors.

Proposals are invited for focused centres applying under this priority area only and are expected to include a high level of industry involvement. It is up to the applicant to justify the level of industry involvement in their proposal. In order to link excellence in training with excellence in research, the proposals are expected to link with EPSRC’s large research investments in this area such as the BuildTEDDI programme and the End Use Energy Demand Centres.

Any centre and its students are also expected to network with others addressing the energy problem through the energy Centres for Doctoral Training network, appropriate resources should be requested to enable them to do this.