Dr Peter Warren, Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom Smart technologies refer to the use of digital and communications technologies based on signals. They include smart appliances, smart equipment, smart heating controls, smart lighting systems, building energy management systems, energy display monitors, smart meters and demand-side response, amongst others. This rapidly evolving area is being driven through innovation that seeks to develop new business models for improving the way energy is consumed and managed. The development and uptake of smart technologies plays an important role in contributing to meeting the UK’s policy objectives for energy security, affordability for consumers and reducing carbon emissions. Much of the previous policy work in this area has focussed on large consumers, such as those in the industrial and large commercial sectors. However, the evidence base is less well established for small consumers, such as small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and domestic consumers. Although individually, consumers in these segments have low energy consumptions, collectively, they are significant. In the UK, as SMEs contribute 25% of business energy consumption and the domestic sector contributes around a third Read more…Warren-Smart-technologies-evidence-and-policy-options1.pdf 954.42 KBWarren-Smart-technologies-evidence-and-policy-options.pdf 420.18 KB
Dr Fionn Rogan, University College Cork, Ireland Dr Paul Bolger, University College Cork,Ireland Prof Brian ó Gallachóir, University College Cork, Ireland This analysis undertakes a meta-analysis of innovation capability in a range of 40 countries. In order to limit global warming to below 2 degrees (and as close as possible to 1.5 degrees, as per the recent Paris Climate Agreement), it is necessary to decarbonise the energy system by at least 80% by 2050 (compared to 1990. This will necessitate extensive innovation, and given the historical low rate of innovation in the energy sector, this emphasizes the severity of the innovation challenge for the energy system. This analysis seeks to answer the following research questions: Are countries that are ranked the highest for innovation, competiveness, and entrepreneurship metrics also ranked the highest on metrics for clean-tech, energy sustainability, and the green economy? Are competencies in general innovation and competiveness part of the enabling conditions for innovative clean-tech, energy sustainability, and the green economy? Is there a positive relationship between countries that manage their environment and countries that are innovative and competitive? Read more…Rogan-Meta-Analysis-of-Energy-Innovation-System.pdf 1.01 MBRogan-Meta-analysis-of-Energy-Innovation-System.pdf 193.26 KB
Ms Samuela Bassi, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom Prof Samuel Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom Dr Maria Carvalho, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom • Overview and relevance Following the Paris Agreement, the focus of EU decision makers has turned again towards domestic policy. Good European and national policies will be essential to achieve the target outlined in the EU’s intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) in the most cost effective way. It is therefore particularly crucial to understand what works in climate policy, and whether the current EU policy architecture is able to facilitate the technology development required to meet future carbon reduction targets. This paper aims to identify the effectiveness of European and domestic policies. It investigates their effectiveness, credibility and unintended consequences. In particular, it assesses whether the current policy framework is fit for purpose to accommodate the required technological and economic transformation Read more…Carvalho_A_Fit-for-Purpose_Energy_Policy_for_the_European_Union1.pdf 1.02 MBCarvalho_A_Fit-for-Purpose_Energy_Policy_for_the_European_Union.pdf 319.17 KB
Deane Somerville, Knowledge Team Manager, Energy Institute The 2016 Energy Barometer Report captures insights from UK energy professionals and enables them to form the energy debate, policymakers, influencers, the industry and the public. Deane Somerville has worked in the Knowledge Team at the Energy Institute for the past three years, and has been involved in the development and production of the Energy Barometer as well as other Knowledge Service products. Prior to joining the EI, he worked in environmental consulting, focusing on contaminated site remediation. Academically, his background is in Geology as well as Energy and Environmental Technology. Deane is a Graduate member of the Energy Institute.
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