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Research in Eastern New Energy

Eastern New Energy (ENE) is a collaborative action research project.

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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. 

 

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Background

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 practise, 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.

Approach

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).

Delivering Net Zero organisations

We will co-design a pathway to Net Zero with at least 10 organisations. We will then help them start to implement their Net Zero Action Plan. We will use this process to develop a rich picture of what it takes for an organisation to reach Net-Zero.

Outputs

The innovation clusters work on the barriers will result in one of three outcomes:

  1. A solution to the problem/barrier being researched
  2. Sub-projects spun out from ENE to work on specific barriers
  3. Recommendations to regulatory authorities as to how barriers outside of our ability to change can be addressed

Innovation Clusters

We are setting up working groups, for each of the key themes/challenges outlined below, to work together and share knowledge on solving these challenges. New innovation cluster will emerge as barriers are identified and researched.

If you are interested in learning more or becoming involved in working groups and Innovation Clusters, please contact us on ene@uel.ac.uk.

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THEME

  1. Decarbonising heavy energy-using facilities
    • Innovation Cluster (IC) Net Zero action planning for organisations IC: Net Zero trading estates
  2. Decarbonising vehicle fleets
    • IC: Not for profit county scale fleet leasing
  3. Zero-carbon new build housing
    • IC: Delivering affordable zero carbon housing
    • IC: Decarbonising the construction supply chain
  4. Scaling-up domestic retrofit
  5. Scaling-up renewable energy generation
    • IC: Subsidy-free community energy generation
    • IC: Enabling tenants, flat owners and other with no roof space to own solar PV
  6. Developing low carbon products and services
  7. Working with stakeholders to use data and analytics / smart cities applications to accelerate decarbonisation
    • IC: Developing a ‘Data Trust’ to hold data on energy systems

For more information please contact ene@uel.ac.uk

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