The UK is legally obliged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050. As part of the Government's commitment to achieving this reduction, the Research Councils UK Energy Programme has committed over £30 million to the establishment of six End Use Energy Demand (EUED) Centres to help the UK reduce the amount of energy required to achieve sustainable lifestyles.
EUED involves complex systems for which it is difficult to define appropriate boundaries; indeed, traditional, sector-based approaches to EUED research typically fail to capture this complexity. The Research Councils’ EUED Centres, however, adopt a broad-based, problem-directed, and multidisciplinary approach to supporting the required change in energy demand. The centres will run for five years initially and will also work collaboratively to conduct research to help better understand the UK's future energy needs.