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EPSRC Reference: EP/Y010078/1
Title: Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC)
Principal Investigator: Martiskainen, Professor M
Other Investigators:
Pangbourne, Dr KJ Torriti, Professor J Turner, Professor K
Foxon, Professor TJ Marsden, Professor G Willis, Professor R
Wade, Dr F Liu, Dr L Qadrdan, Professor M
Sivakumar, Dr A Walker, Professor S Bouzarovski, Professor S
Barrett, Professor J Huebner, Dr G M Pye, Mr S
Brisbois, Dr M Taylor, Professor P
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr H Ben Dr D Brown Dr CF Calvillo Munoz
Dr M Fell Miss AM Garvey Dr M Morgan
Dr J Morley
Project Partners:
Built Environment Smarter Transformation Citizens Advice Department for Transport
Dept for Energy Security & Net Zero Government of Scotland Hilson Moran Partnership Ltd
National Energy Action NESCAN Hub Nesta
Net Zero North East England North East LEP (Local Enterprise) The Climate Change Committee
Department: University of Sussex Business School
Organisation: University of Sussex
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 01 July 2023 Ends: 30 June 2028 Value (£): 15,507,720
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Efficiency
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
05 May 2023 Energy Demand Research Centre Interview panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The UK is facing an energy crisis on three fronts: climate change, energy security, and affordability. This challenge requires a fundamental change in our society, to enable a deep energy demand reduction and wide use of low-carbon technologies, supported by policy, businesses and the public alike. Energy demand reduction is in fact fundamental so that we can improve energy security, reduce household energy bills and address climate change. Research has shown that reducing energy use could help meet half of the required emissions reductions we need by 2050 to become a Net Zero society. While this poses a challenge, it also provides an opportunity for the UK to become a global leader in energy demand reduction, and associated research.

The Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC) develops the next phase of energy demand research in the UK, building on previous research and working closely with academic and non-academic partners. Our work will inform and inspire energy demand reductions that support an affordable, comfortable and secure Net Zero society. Our research programme cuts across different sciences (e.g. engineering and social) and sectors (e.g. buildings, transport and industry). We study which energy demand solutions can be delivered in a flexible and equitable manner and at which locations, taking into consideration issues such as local housing stock and transport links, skills base and governance models. We aim to deliver impactful research on energy demand that produces actionable solutions for industry, policy makers, practitioners and charities.

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