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Our 2016/2017 academic year got off to a great start in Term 1. The UCL-Energy’s seminar series was exceptionally well attended during this first term and hosted speakers from academia and industry who spoke on a wide range of topics including national and global energy security, air pollution and using communities as tool for household energy saving.  Read more 

Best wishes, 
UCL-Energy Director
Bob Lowe
 
Axeing carbon price support would “undermine crucial energy investment” Abandoning the UK carbon price support – introduced in 2013 as incentive to reduce the burning of fossil fuels and to encourage lower-carbon energy sources – could seriously undermine crucial energy investment, warns University College London (UCL) published research.  Read more
The European Parliament publishes the Energy Poverty Handbook with contributions from UCL-Energy staff
Energy poverty is a serious societal concern which is receiving more and more attention these days. Energy poverty appears at all levels of the political system and affects households in small villages of European Member States as well as households in London and Paris. The Energy Poverty Handbook is a project with the aim of pushing energy poverty higher up on the political agenda.    


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Lloyd Register and Shipping in Changing Climates release Low Carbon Pathways 2050 study
Lloyd’s Register (LR) and Shipping in Changing Climates (SCC) have released Low Carbon Pathways 2050 – a new study that details a number of potential pathways for the shipping industry’s transition to a low carbon future. The report underlines the need for shipping to start its decarbonisation imminently.  The later decarbonisation is delayed, the more rapid and potentially disruptive it will be for shipping. 
 

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UCL-Energy report to Government on energy efficiency published   
UCL-Energy’s report calling on Government to reassess its approach to energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings has been published by the Climate Change Committee. The report, led by Honorary Research Fellow Dr. Peter Mallaburn, shows how the UK can kickstart business energy efficiency by making policies work together to stimulate investment in low carbon buildings and technologies, including learning from successful efforts in Australia and Germany. 


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UCL-Energy at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation’s 70th Marine Environment Protection Committee On the first day of the committee meeting UCL-Energy Reader Dr Tristan Smith and Carlo Raucci along with the lead authors presented the findings of the IMO fuel availability study as a side event presentation. UCL-Energy participants and colleagues from UMAS closely followed two key agenda items, review of the implementation date for a sulphur cap and the reduction of GHG emissions from ships.   Read more
RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology (CEE) launches new website
CEE is the UK’s first dedicated energy epidemiology research centre. Launched in 2013, CEE seeks to transform the way energy demand research is undertaken through the development of brand new tools, methods and resources. CEE is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, a dynamic platform for those interested in finding out more about our research. 
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Congratulations to UCL-Energy doctoral researcher Joel Guilbaud on completing his PhD viva On 3 October 2016, PhD student Joel Guilbaud successfully presented his thesis titled ‘Hybrid Renewable Power Systems for the Mining Industry: System Costs, Reliability Costs, and Portfolio Cost Risks.’ Joel was supervised by Professor Neil Strachan (Primary) and Professor Mark Barrett (secondary). Read more
London–Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (LoLo) in Energy Demand holds 7th Annual Colloquium
The London–Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand held its 7th Annual Colloquium at the Building Centre in London on 17 November 2016. This event provides a great opportunity for the students, alumni, academics and external stakeholders to exchange ideas about energy-related issues in built environment
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UCL- Energy hosts successful first term of public events The 2016/2017 academic year events calendar at got off to a great start in the first term. The seminars speakers spoke on a wide range of topics including national and global energy security, air pollution and using communities as tool for household energy saving. Seminars will return in February 2017. Full round up first term seminars 
UCL-Energy in the media: 
BBCWhat will Trump mean for climate change?
Geographical: Shipping maps win at the Information Is Beautiful Awards
New Statesman: In the heat of the community
New Civil EngineerHinkley risks being ‘increasingly obsolete’
Ship & Bunker: Carbon War Room Announces Launch of New Free Ship Operational Efficiency Portal
Financial Times: Brexit’s nuclear fallout: 3,000 cubic metres of Oxfordshire waste
The Times: Areva, Hinkley Point and a ticking time bomb on a nuclear scale


Full roundup of UCL-Energy media appearances 

New UCL-Energy blogs: 
The making of a globally sustainable energy system by Steve Pye, Paul Ekins, Ian Hamilton
The highs and lows at the United Nations International Maritime Organisation’s 70th Marine Environment Protection Committee by Nishatabbas Rehmatulla
Emit now, pay later: The case of shipping and its GHG emissions by Nishatabbas Rehmatulla and Isabelle Rojon (UMAS)
A low carbon industrial strategy? by Peter Mallaburn 
                                                                 
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