UCL Energy Institute


The UCL Energy Institute turns four

28 June 2013

All UCL-Energy staff and students 2013

The UCL Energy Institute was launched four years ago this week, with the aim of accelerating the transition to a globally sustainable energy system through world-class energy research, education and policy support.

Read a brief report of what UCL-Energy has achieved over the past four years

Since the launch UCL-Energy has:

Brought together a new, highly motivated, multidisciplinary group of 50 core staff who are world leading in their understanding of energy demand in the built environment, transport and energy systems.

Won 11 research projects, the main, large projects in systems and demand. Key projects: RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology and the Whole Systems Modelling Consortium (wholeSEM)

Developed a Doctoral Training Programme to support the complex and interdisciplinary research objectives of the Institute.: MRes in Energy Demand Studies, MPhil/PhD in Energy, and launching in September 2013, the MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment

Published 370 academic publications including: three co-edited books (one sole-authored by a student), 17 book chapters and scientific papers in journals including: The Lancet, Energy Policy, and Building, Research and Information.

Developed strategic international links, including: establishing a close relationship with the Global Green Growth Institute in Korea, engaging with and supporting UCL in Australia (SERAUS), undertaking DFID funded research in Mekong Delta and Africa. 

Provided regular advice and support to government departments which in turn has led to its research having impact. For example: Tadj Oreszczyn is a member of the DECC Scientific Advisory Group and Andreas Schafer is a member of the Independent Airports Commission.

 Hosted two ministerial visits. Rt Hon Greg Barker MP visited in 2012 to announce £39m investment in research, and Rt Hon David Willetts MP visited UCL-Energy as part of a marine technology project in June 2013.

Delivered 57 UCL-Energy seminars, facilitating knowledge sharing on energy-related issues with both the UCL community and with key stakeholders in industry, government and other research institutes.

Participated in media opportunities including: Channel 5 News, The Guardian, The Independent, Times Higher Education, The Daily Telegraph, the CIBSE Journal and The Architect's Journal.

Published a number of student blogs on our website, covering topics including the Cheltenham Science Festival, carbon capture, where recycling goes and energy analysis.

Uploaded 40 videos to the UCL-Energy YouTube channel, including seminars, student videos and media work.