UCL Energy Institute


CREDS submits evidence to Parliamentary Inquiry into emissions reduction targets

16 January 2019

CREDS (The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) has submitted a report to Parliament's Science and Technology Committee, with contributions from UCL Energy Institute Professors Tadj Oreszczyn and Robert Lowe.

Point of Ayr Lighthouse - Pixabay

The UK Parliament's Science and Technology Committee launched its inquiry looking at Technologies for meeting Clean Growth emissions reduction targets in 2017. The CREDS report, published in January 2019, was written by CREDS Director Nick Eyre (University of Oxford), with input from Co-Directors Tadj Oreszczyn and Robert Lowe (UCL), Jillian Anable and John Barrett (University of Leeds), Jacopo Torriti (University of Reading).

Summary of the CREDS submission

  • There is substantial scope for further improvement in the energy efficiency of end-use technologies, as long as innovation continues in buildings, transport and industry. 
  • Electricity use will need to become more flexible to reflect variable electricity generation.
  • Changing energy demand will require changes to the systems driving demand such as use of materials and modes of transport.

Download the full written submission (PDF, 105KB)


The Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions is a major initiative of the Energy Programme of UK Research and Innovation. It is a distributed centre, involving 13 universities, including UCL. It began in April 2018 and will run to March 2023, with a budget of £19.5 million.

Image: Point of Ayr Lighthouse, Talacre Beach, Wales, UK (Pixabay)