Welcome to the UCL Energy Institute Winter 2015/2016 Newsletter

A lot has happened for the UCL Energy Institute since my last Director’s introduction. Since June 2015, we have seen five UCL-Energy PhD students successfully pass their vivas, the publication of our first annual review and 13 new members of staff. But the dominating focus for UCL-Energy in the past months was the historic COP21 conference and resulting Paris Agreement. Read more

Best wishes, 
UCL-Energy Director
Bob Lowe
Shipping under scrutiny at COP21, UCL-Energy Lecturer Tristan Smith participates in COP21 side event. The Path for Low Carbon Shipping event considered what options are available to put shipping on a sustainable path, and how a successful COP agreement can contribute to this objective.  Read more
Read Tristan Smith's blog about this event
Deep emission reduction is achievable by 2050, states UCL-Energy led report The recently published 2015 Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) synthesis report, details analysis by the 16 largest emitting countries, accounting for approximately 75% of global emissions.
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More responsible mortgage lending could add value to energy efficient homes, says UCL-Energy and UK-GBC study Energy efficient homes could increase in value if banks, building societies and other mortgage providers used more accurate estimates of household energy bills in the affordability checks which underpin their mortgage calculations.
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Recruitment is now open for the 2016/17 academic year at London-Loughborough EPSRC CDT 
LoLo CDT is offering up to 15 fully funded studentships available. You will gain business and innovation skills; project and programme management skills; teamwork, communication and leadership skills; and the ability to seek solutions to complex, multifaceted problems

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UCL-Energy produces 2014/2015 annual review
Explore the excellent work of our staff and students over the past academic year. In addition, look back on UCL-Energy's 2014/2015 seminar series and key publications.

Read UCL-Energy 2014/2015 annual review

UCL-Energy named in Lloyd’s List top 10 regulators of 2015
UCL-Energy has been included in Lloyd’s List’s top 10 regulators of the shipping industry, alongside organisations such as the European Union, the International Chamber of Shipping and the Federal Maritime Commission. 

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UCL-Energy congratulates PhD students on successfully passing their vivas 
Since the end of 2014/2015 academic year Peter Warren, Faye Wade, Samuel Stamp, Ed Sharp and Carrie Behar have successfully submitted their theses and passed their vivas.

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Major UK energy journal publishes paper by UCL-Energy academics on determining the impact of regulatory policy on UK gas 'Determining the impact of regulatory policy on UK gas use using Bayesian analysis on publicly available data', was published in Elsevier’s peer-reviewed journal Energy Policy. This paper provides a timely and simple message: the early adoption of prescriptive policy, which is simple to enforce, can lead to significant energy and carbon savings.
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UCL-Energy's Philip Steadman and Ian Hamilton awarded EPSRC project grant will study energy use in tall buildings This EPSRC 12-month grant will try to answer two questions: 'Are high-rise buildings more energy-intensive – all other things being equal – than equivalent low-rise buildings?' and 'Is it possible to provide the same floor area on the same sites as high-rise buildings, but on much-reduced numbers of storeys?' Read more 
‘Is there life after PhD?’ UCL-Energy PhD students lead successful first Energy Demand in Practice seminar This seminar was organized by PhD students Virginia Gori, Pamela Fennell and Lisa Iszatt focused on the different roles and opportunities available within the energy demand field. The second in the series will be taking place 7 March - Careers in the Technology of Energy Demand Reduction. Read More
UCL-Energy research contributes to new report ‘Smart Systems and Heat Consumer challenges for low carbon heat’ launched by Energy Technologies Institute The report states how the UK will need to all but eliminate emissions from domestic heating to meet its carbon targets, and highlights the need to develop ways to reduce emissions from domestic heating that are more appealing to consumers. Read more
UCL-Energy Director, Prof Bob Lowe, to speak at UCL IEDE Building Better Buildings: 50 years of Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett The conference on 15 February will look back at the successes of the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation Programme, answer questions about the Performance Gap and look forward to the future of education for built environment professionals, whilst celebrating 50 years of Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett, UCL. Read more
UCL-Energy PhD student Moira Nicolson wins the Best Oral Presentation Award at the Randomised Controlled Trials in the Social Sciences 10th Annual Conference
On the second day of the conference Moira presented: 'Can behavioural economics be used to encourage consumers to switch to green energy tariffs? A randomised controlled trial on a representative sample of British energy bill payers'. Congratulations to Moira.  
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Nationwide leads research group on Green Mortgage lending with UCL-Energy as academic partner Sponsored by Nationwide Building Society, mortgage lenders, building industry experts, green energy academics and sustainability bodies have all joined forces to launch research into how to build a stronger link between energy costs, affordability and mortgage borrowing. Read more 
UCL-Energy Honorary Senior Research Associate comments on UK nuclear power deal with China  
Following the UK’s £2 billion deal under which China will invest in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station, Dr Paul Dorfman featured heavily in national and international media. 
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wholeSEM third Annual Conference to be held 4th-5th of July 2016: wholeSEM's third conference combines the strands of thinking that try to model the future energy pathways under uncertainty where the demands of policy makers and indeed the framing of the issues are in flux. Read more. 
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UCL-Energy Shipping Group contributes to Intertrac Vision, the shipping industry’s first consultancy tool to predict the impact of fouling control coatings on ship efficiency The advanced science that underpins Intertrac Vision has taken over four years to develop. The work has been led by UCL-Energy scientists who have also collaborated with leading academic and commercial research institutes and more than 30 ship owners and operators worldwide. Read more
Nature Climate Change publishes paper by UCL-Energy academics identifying the cost-effectiveness of CO2 emission reductions from passenger aircraft The paper â€˜Costs of mitigating CO2 emissions from passenger aircraft’ identifies the cost-effectiveness of CO2 emission reductions from narrow-body aircraft, the workhorse of passenger air transportation. Read more
IEA EBC approves development of Annex 70 on Building Energy Epidemiology to be led by researchers at the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology based at UCL-Energy
The Annex will be developed in collaboration with government, research institutions and industry from around the globe and will comprise a major research activity on population level energy demand in buildings.
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UCL- Energy hosts successful first term of public events
The 2015/2016 academic year events calendar at got off to a great start in the first term, speakers included Professor Jim Skea, RCUK Energy Strategy Fellow,  Dr Henri Waisman, Coordinator, Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project, and Professor Jean-Charles Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS),  Seminars will return in February 2016Full round up of seminars for 2015/2016 first term
Rethinking mobility: the successful completion of the FS-MaaS project by the Urban and Interurban Transport Group at UCL-Energy
The group received funding from the T-TRIG scheme of the Department for Transport (DfT) to explore the feasibility of a new mobility solution that could offer seamless mobility, the "Mobility-as-a-Service" (MaaS). The feasibility study was delivered successfully in June 2015.
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UCL-Energy’s Shipping Group and partners win new study for the IMO on the availability of low sulphur fuels for shipping
The consulting arm of UCL Energy Institute’s (UCL-Energy) Shipping Group (UMAS), along with a consortium of partners led by CE Delft, has won a study to inform the International Maritime Organisation (IMO’s) decision on whether to implement a global cap on sulphur in 2020 or postpone to 2025.
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UCL Energy Institute Director comments on Volkswagen emission tests
Professor Lowe's comments came as Volkwagen is to be removed from the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as of 6 October 2015, an announcement by index organisers RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices.
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UCL-Energy Academics joining Editorial Board of 'Scientific Data' and 'Indoor and Built Environment'
UCL-Energy Lecturer Michelle Shipworth has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Indoor and Built Environment (IBE) and Dr David Shipworth has joined the Editorial Board of ‘Scientific Data’, an open-access, data-focused journal from Nature Publishing Group.
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UCL-Energy sister institute, UCL ISR launches new MSc in Sustainable Resources. This programme offers a unique opportunity to understand and learn how to analyse and manage the sustainable exploitation of mineral and natural resources, throughout the economy. It will give students in-depth expertise at the intersection of the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable resources, from both public policy and industrial perspectives. Read more 
Throughout COP21 our staff and students contributed posts to the UCL-Energy blog on climate change and sustainability and appeared in national and international media. 

UCL-Energy blog 
'Paris – Outside looking in' - Peter Mallaburn 
'Ratcheting up the ambition level: Implementing deep decarbonisation pathways' - 
Steve Pye
'Shipping under scrutiny in Paris at COP 21' - Tristan Smith: 
'The Paris Agreement – Second time lucky?' - Peter Mallaburn 
'The ground-breaking Paris Agreement leaves no room for delay in cutting emissions' - Steve Pye 
'In the aftermath of the Paris COP Agreement – Grounds for optimism or pessimism?' - Bob Lowe
UCL-Energy Deputy Director and heads of research groups state hopes for COP21

In the media: 
The Conversation:
'Two crucial omissions that could jeopardise Paris climate hopes'
The New York Times: 'Building Greener Ships, to Keep the Sea From Rising'
The Huffington Post: 'China Acts to Control Shipping Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions'
The Conversation: 'Why we need a ‘space race’ approach to saving the planet'
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide: '9 Reasons 2015 Was a Green Year in Shipping'
ClimateHome: 'Paris climate deal must tackle shipping emissions, say experts'
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