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The Heat and the City research team are studying sustainable heating for low energy buildings and cities.

Our multi-disciplinary research addresses a major need in European energy and climate policy: how do we reduce the energy used for heating and hot water in buildings and create a low carbon heat supply?

We focus on policy and political processes and cross-sector interactions in the governance of innovation.

We examine local heat and energy efficiency strategies, decision-making about options for low carbon heat systems, the development and operation of district heat (and cooling) networks, management of improvements to the fabric of buildings and actions to reduce energy use.

The research is funded by the UK Research Councils’ Energy Programme, the Energy Technologies Institute and the Scottish Government.

Read more about our research in the Research Topics below, as well our Projects and About Us pages.

Research Topics

District Heating

District heating: urban heat infrastructure raises challenging questions of governance, regulation, finance, user protection, planning and coordination.

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Energy Efficiency

Understanding barriers and enablers to delivery of energy efficiency in buildings in the domestic and non-domestic sectors.

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Governance and organisation

The governance and organisation of energy systems is critical to meeting our climate protection targets, but is often under-examined.

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Valuing Energy

How is the value of energy understood by different actors, and what are the implications of these differences for decision making?

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Upcoming Events

District Energy Vanguards Network: Developing Your Business Case January 2018

Latest Resources

Scottish policy for energy efficiency and buildings workshop – June 2018 – all slides

( 2018 )

Presentation

International workshop report – Public Ownership of Energy Companies
Report from an International Workshop on Publicly Owned Energy Companies, held in Edinburgh on May 10-11 2018

David Hawkey, Margaret Tingey and Jan Webb ( 2018 )

Event report Report

Response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s “Heat Networks Market Study – Update Paper”

David Hawkey ( 2018 )

Consultation response
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