Research in Eastern New Energy
The ENE project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.
There is widespread consensus that the world faces a climate emergency and that the risks to society from climate disruption are high.
In theory, organisations should rapidly decarbonise the parts of the energy system under their control. In practice, it is proving difficult for organisations to decarbonise in real markets at the speed and scale needed to avoid dangerous climate change.
Eastern New Energy will collaborate with a wide range of people and organisations to understand and remove the barriers they face in rapidly decarbonising their communities, buildings, transport, and lives. We will work with business (particularly SMEs), councils, housing associations, communities, universities and other research bodies, households and individuals to better understand these barriers.
Using action research methods, ENE Delivery Partners will work with these stakeholders to help them decarbonise their organisations, communities, buildings, transport and lives. This work will be delivered through Work Packages focusing on:
- Decarbonising heavy energy-using facilities
- Decarbonising vehicle fleets
- Zero-carbon new build housing
- Scaling-up domestic retrofit
- Scaling-up renewable energy generation
- Developing low carbon products and services
- Working with stakeholders to use data and analytics / smart cities applications to accelerate decarbonisation
As we identify barriers preventing or hindering a stakeholder reaching Net Zero, we will gather stakeholders who share this problem with Delivery Partners and other interested parties into 'Innovation Clusters'. These Innovation Clusters will analyse and attempt to remove these barriers (the collaborative action research).