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Paula Kivimaa (SPRU) – Energy services for improved building energy efficiency in Finland: taking an energy service company perspective on policy

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The building sector and the built environment are one of the largest contributors to energy use worldwide and reducing energy use in buildings is slow. Thus, low energy transition in connection to buildings is an enormous challenge. Yet, in Finland, improved energy efficiency has traditionally received less focus in climate policy strategies than renewable energy. Since 2007, energy efficiency policies addressing buildings have gained force on both strategy and instrument levels– largely following the EU Building Energy Efficiency Directive and the goals for reducing emissions by 80% by 2050. Sixteen new policy instruments have been added between 2007 and 2014 in addition to revisions made in the building code

In the seminar, I analyse the potential of the policy mix in Finland in promoting disruptive change for low energy transition in buildings. I explore to what extent recent policy developments could be described as having destabilised the regime. In addition to providing an overall picture of the policy mix in the sector, I investigate the existing policy mix especially from a stakeholder perspective, because the perceived impacts of policies may differ from their intended outcomes. Companies providing integrated energy services for renovated and newly built buildings are selected as the key stakeholder group, as they are more borderline actors in the sector dominated by construction companies.

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How good is your model? Quantifying quality research

Lee STapleton

Our latest EPSRC-funded research carried out in CIED (and led by SPRU, Sussex) has something new to say about the testing of statistical models. Available now in the journal Energy Economics and authored by Lee Stapleton, Steve Sorrell and Tim Schwanen,

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My awesome SPRU Masters experience

Okafor Akachukwu after graduating his SPRU Masters.

I have always planned to follow-up my undergraduate studies with a policy course.  My work in different themes of development: poverty reduction, education, water and sanitation, health care and environment had clearly illustrated to me that access to efficient, clean and affordable energy is the

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A slip of the tongue – the language of climate science

A blog post by Nick Gallie on the language of climate science following the Tyndall Assembly 2015 Hopes for a legally binding “hard” international agreement amongst nations attending the 21st COP in Paris in December are fading. A more likely

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Reflections on the IST2015 conference at SPRU

Steps towards an engaged and reflexive community: looking back at PhD-led activities at the International Sustainability Transitions conference By Jonas Torrens & Gijs Diercks During the last week SPRU hosted the 6th International Sustainability Transitions conference with a program packed with

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