Energy

How do we address energy consumption to meet low carbon targets? How do we address infrastructure "lock in" to improve the carbon performance of the urban environment? How do we engender and embed low carbon pathways and engineering solutions for demand reduction and power generation in cities?

Energy supply and its security are at the forefront of global debate, being a constant source of uncertainty in planning for the future. Energy impacts on wellbeing and economic development are complex due to their interplay with national regulations and internationally negotiated treaties. Our rapidly expanding energy use, delivered mainly through fossil fuels, has created environmental impacts that present us with the most challenging agendas for the 21st century. Proceeding with existing production methods and consumption habits, exacerbated by the ever increasing global engines of growth, will further erode our scarce resources increasing pollution, contributing to and creating global economic instabilities. Hence, transformative solutions to low carbon energy production combined with demand reductions will need to be at the core of our policies not only to address resource scarcity but also the impact of changing climate. Scientists and engineers have a clear responsibility to devise and deliver creative and radical solutions to address these challenges. These solutions will undoubtedly necessitate the creation of challenging socio-economic interfaces that can provide the necessary platforms to deliver people-centric comprehensive approaches which provide high probability of acceptability and adaptability. Rapid demographic change is creating urban stress arising from the increase in the proportion of people living in cities, from 50% at the present time to around 70% (6.5 billion) in 2050. In the UK and elsewhere this is compounded by an ageing population and the growing numbers of the “fuel poor” who are being disenfranchised by constantly increasing energy prices. While rising fuel prices create positive incentives for those with access to capital to implement low carbon measures, those unable to make the investments are often left struggling to heat poorly performing homes and to afford essential travel. This issue is of major concern to policy makers and is rarely out of the headlines. This is of course also an international opportunity. Cities currently contribute over 40% of global emissions. Cities and the behaviour patterns of their inhabitants therefore provide the most pressing challenge that needs addressing when faced with our global responsibility to reduce emissions.

Research Theme Team

AbuBakr	 Bahaj AbuBakr Bahaj
Co-investigator University of Southampton
Jane Falkingham Jane Falkingham
Co-investigator University of Southampton
Patrick James Patrick James
Co-investigator University of Southampton
Milena Büchs Milena Büchs
Researcher co-investigator University of Southampton
Luke Blunden Luke Blunden
Researcher University of Southampton
Leonidas Bourikas Leonidas Bourikas
Researcher University of Southampton
Phil Wu Phil Wu
Researcher University of Southampton
No picture available Duygu Cihan
PhD Student University of Southampton
No picture available Mikey Harper
PhD Student University of Southampton
Tatiana Sanches Tatiana Sanches
PhD Student University of Southampton
Philip Turner Philip Turner
PhD Student University of Southampton

Expert Panellists

No picture available Ashley Curzon
Isle of Wight Council
No picture available Louise Ellison
Portsmouth City Council
No picture available Jim Fawcett
Isle of Wight Council
No picture available Jasmine Fletcher
Portsmouth City Council
No picture available Jackie Homan
Birmingham City Council
No picture available Harry Homes
Beckton & Royal Docks Strategic Commissioning and Community Directorate
No picture available Simon Letts
Southampton City Council
No picture available Ed Metcalfe
Institute for Sustainability
David Natusch David Natusch
ESGP Limited
No picture available Warwick Payne
Southampton City Council
No picture available Colin Rowland
Southampton City Council
No picture available Michael Smith
Cofely District Energy

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