Energy: How We Can Use Less - 28 June 2006
Law Faculty, West Road, Cambridge, 16:30 - 20:30.
Our Report of the Meeting including notes on all speakers presentations and the communal debate and discussion over refreshments: Download 279 kB.
Trevor Davies (Pro-Vice
of the University of East Anglia).
See the CRed submission to the 2006 UK Energy Review: Download 206 kB.
Jason Palmer (Cambridge
Architectural Research Ltd.)
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Martin Kerslake (Power saving in
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Ed Colby (Chief Technology Officer
of Sentec Ltd.).
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This meeting had three emphases: techniques
& technology (how), behavioural change (we), and likely
capabilities (can)- Energy: How We Can Use Less
Light refreshments and wine were provided.
The meeting was free, but prior registration was required for entry.
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will be talking on -Smart Meters for Dumb Markets- and describing the
Sentec work in designing and manufacturing smart meters, problems of
deployment and realistic opportunities for energy saving.
will be concentrating on buildings: a major opportunity for saving
energy and reducing CO2 emissions. However, realising these savings is
far from straightforward, and in spite of huge efforts by the
government, building designers and contractors, energy use in buildings
is still rising - even energy use per m2.
will describe his practical experience in installing energy management
in organisations: it is no longer just about buying right and using
less. UK energy market consolidation, wholesale market developments,
and climate change legislation have brought new complexities to the
management and use of energy.
will be describing the results of the behavioural research underpinning
the CRed Carbon Reduction initiative and reporting on practical
Buildings are commonly held to
major opportunity for saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions.
However, realising these savings is far from straightforward, and there
are indications that in spite of huge efforts by the government,
building designers and contractors energy use in buildings is still
rising - even energy use per m2. There is also poor understanding of
the relationship between demand-side savings and on-site (or micro-)
generation, which means policy-makers are putting undue emphasis on
We will also be covering:
- Current policies for demand management in
buildings (Building Regulations, Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive, Code for Sustainable Building)
- Case studies of good practice on demand
management in schools.
- The poor understanding of the relationship
between demand-side savings and on-site micro-generation, and
policy-makers undue emphasis on on-site generation.
- Behavioural change helped by better
from monitoring, by new technology, and by economic incentives.
The main attention at this meeting will focus on
the built environment
(heating, cooling, and electricity), we plan to have a meetings on
Energy use in Transport in 2006 and 2007.
Dr Jason Palmer
has ten years' experience of research and consultancy on sustainable
buildings. He is a director of Cambridge Architectural Research, and is
currently under contract to DTI to disseminate the findings from the
Large-Scale Field Trial for Building-Integrated Photovoltaics. He is
also working for the Department for Education and Skills, writing case
studies about sustainable schools design.
Dr Ed Colby
joined Sentec in 1998 and is now Chief Technology Officer, responsible
for driving internal research projects that develop new technologies
for metering and energy management. He is now a named inventor on more
than 20 patent applications and 10 granted patents, including a variety
of metering solutions, and products based on his work are sold
Before joining Sentec, Ed worked as a technology consultant in one of
Cambridge's well established high technology consultancies. Working
with clients in the United States and Europe he led a variety of
technology and management projects in sectors as diverse as coffee,
copper, soft drinks, sporting goods, radiotherapy systems and medical
devices, internet technologies and communications.
Ed started his career with a PhD from the Biotechnology Department at
Cambridge University, covering engineering work to develop the world’s
first whole blood glucose sensor integrated onto a silicon IC.’
Kerslake spent his formative years working in an oil
company and where, amongst other roles, he procured the electricity for
their own consumption. The company was one of the top-10 largest
private buyers in the UK at the time. In that role, he
introduced automatic monitoriing across the portfolio of 1000 filling
stations, refineries, depots, and pumping stations. He began as
an "out-and-out cynic" but after two years later he was embarrased
to report a 25% reduction in utility cost.
Martin on to manage and direct small energy
suppliers, and three years ago was asked to help reduce carbon
consumption on the ground with both public and private organisations -
where has worked ever since.
Trevor Davies is Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Research, Professor of Environmental Sciences, and Dean
of the School of Environmental Sciences at the
University of East Anglia at Norwich. He is Director of the community
carbon reduction programme, CRed.
Trevor did his B.Sc. and Ph.D at the
University of Sheffield. In the early 1970s he moved to UEA. His
research interests include the links between atmospheric circulation,
and circulation changes, and pollutant transport and deposition. This
work stemmed from early work on 'acidic deposition', which included
research on melting snow/firn which produces acidic episodes. Work in
Norway and Scotland showed that soluble ions are removed from melting
snowpacks at differential rates.
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