Past events

09 Jun

What can we learn about energy use from activity patterns during a lockdown?

Dr Philipp Grünewald

Rapid and radical societal change is possible – the response to COVID-19 has proven that. Can lessons be learned for responses tothe climate emergency?

Energy is only an intermediate good that becomes useful by turning it into an energy service. When usage patterns change, due to severe weather events, changes in price, uptake of new technologies or practices, or indeed during [...]

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Colloquium | Week 1
26 May

Civil and Geotechnical Engineering Design for Offshore Wind Turbines – Online only

Offshore wind energy is a major component of the UK’s energy mix, with nearly 2500 offshore turbines either operational or being constructed, and many more planned for the next few decades. Similarly ambitious plans exist acrossEurope and elsewhere in the world. Advanced engineering design plays a crucial role in reducing capital and operational costs, and is necessary for the wind [...]

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05 May

POSTPONED Picturing the future city: digital devices, big data and being human

One of the most significant transformations happening in cities across the world is the use of ‘big data’. Big digital data is generated by all sorts of sensors in urban environments, from air pollution and water level monitors, to smartphone apps and surveillancecameras. Big data can take many forms; both city governments and private platforms like Google and Uber are [...]

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28 Apr

The limits of energy sufficiency: A review of the evidence for rebound effects and negative spillovers from behavioural change

‘Energy sufficiency’ involves reducing consumption of energy services in order to minimise the associated environmental impacts. This may either be through individual actions, such as reducing car travel, or through reducing working time, income and aggregate consumption (‘downshifting’). However, the environmental benefits of both strategies may be less than anticipated. First, people may save money that they can spend on [...]

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Colloquium | Week 1
11 Mar

Invitation: Stakeholder Sustainability Networking Event

Hosted by the OxPOCH project, Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) & the OMS

The OxPOCH research project, led by Prof. E.J. Milner-Gulland (Zoology), in conjunction with the ONE and the OMS, is hosting a networking event which will contribute to the consultation on the Environmental Sustainability Strategy that the University is in the process of drafting. This new Strategy aims [...]

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27 Feb

Understanding and promoting social transformations to address climate change

While there is now strong international momentum on action to tackle climate change, in order to avoid further widespread impacts there is a need for more fundamental transformations across all parts of society. Progress in reducing the UK’s emissions has largely been restricted to improving energy efficiency and decarbonising energy production, while there has been much less traction in other [...]

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18 Feb

Climbing the energy services ladder: transitions in India’s urbanenergy consumption amid a changing global climate

Demand-side measures, such as urban energy management in households, are central to addressing global climate change. Examining and shaping energy consumption patterns is particularly salient in developing countries, where the bulk of urban growth is projected to occur and which are often the most vulnerable to climate impacts. India is keyto these discussions as it undergoes the largest urban transition [...]

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Colloquium | Week 1
28 Jan

An Empirical Analysis of the Fiscal Incidence of Renewable EnergySupport in the European Union

In liberalised energy markets, electricity from Renewable Energy (RE) using Solar PV and Wind Turbines requires financial support because the expected number of generation hours is insufficient to induce private investment.   Such support has a direct cost from the additional expenditure over what would have been incurred had fossil fuel generation been used and indirect costs arising from the random [...]

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23 Jan

Energy Policy in the Age of Climate Change: Recent experience andchallenges ahead

This lecture will reflect on changes in UK energy policy since the early 2000s, when the first long term emissions target was proposed in the 2003 Energy White Paper. The UK is already well on the way to meeting that target, which required a 60% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050. In the meantime, many changes have affected the energy sector: climate science has highlighted [...]

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21 Jan

Net Zero: The role of domestic building energy efficiency

The presentation will review how and why energy demand has changed in the UK domestic stock over the last 50 years. What can we do to better predict energy use in buildings in the future? Based on this review, what rolemay domestic energy efficiency play in helping the UK achieve net zero in the next three decades?


Tadj Oreszczyn FCIBSE MInstE, [...]

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