Category: decarbonisation

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Less an energy strategy, more a bad student assignment

By Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group, 8th of April, 2022. The end of term means that it’s marking time at universities.  At Exeter we have very strict rules about giving feedback within a three...

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Cooling, a blind spot in UK energy policy

By Mehri Khosravi and Richard Lowes, Energy Policy Group, 25th March 2022. The context The cooling of buildings accounts for about 20% of the total current electricity use worldwide, however, it is estimated that...

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The Heat Transition must be local, energy-efficient, and rapid – the UK’s new Heat and Buildings Strategy is light on all three

By Calum Harvey-Scholes, Energy Policy Group, 16th of November 2021 It is widely accepted that delivering a zero carbon heat system will need to be both decentralised and designed for the locality, implying an...

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Air Traffic Controls? Local Government Ownership and National Policy Changes

By Calum Harvey-Scholes, Energy Policy Group, 10th of August 2021 I set out in the first blog in this series how different UK local governments are approving and refusing applications for expansion, occasionally with...

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Air Traffic Controls? National Policy and Governance

By Calum Harvey-Scholes, Energy Policy Group, 4th of August 2021. This second in the “Air Traffic Controls” blog series continues from the first, using policy analysis examine the contradiction between climate policy and the...

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Air Traffic Controls? Climate Action and Expanding 31 UK Airports

By Calum Harvey-Scholes, Energy Policy Group, 30th of July 2021 This blog series describes the mismatch between the climate ambition of the UK national and local governments on the one hand, and plans to...

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The answer to our heating problem is blowing in the wind

By Richard Lowes and Oscar Fitch-Roy, University of Exeter Energy Policy Group, 27th of January 2021 Dramatic falls in the cost of wind energy make it a strategically important form of energy for the UK...

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Heat: a policy chasm on the route towards net-zero

By Richard Lowes, University of Exeter. 5th of May 2020 Introduction BEIS released a suite of documents regarding ‘clean heating’ policy last Tuesday including most importantly details of what will follow on from the...

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