EU funds research on socio-economic elements of energy efficiency

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

HERON project team

Researchers from The Low Carbon Building Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development at Oxford Brookes University have helped to secure a major research grant of nearly 960,000 EURO from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The project, titled HERON, aims to enable policy-makers of multi-level governance and market stakeholders in the EU to develop and implement effective energy efficiency policies in the building and transport sectors by researching the impact of socio-economic factors on energy efficiency.

Professor Rajat Gupta, who is the Principal Investigator from Oxford Brookes and researcher in sustainable architecture and climate change at Oxford Brookes said: “Energy efficiency is considered the most clean and effective ‘fuel’ in the combat against climate change.

“However implementing energy efficiency policies, as well as solutions and technologies, is hindered by existing social, economic, cultural and educational barriers that correspond to behavioural characteristics of the EU countries under research.”

Heron logo

A total of eight academic and research organisations make up the project consortium which is co-ordinated by the University of Athens, Greece. The project will run until June 2017.

More information about The Low Carbon Building Group in Oxford Brookes’ School of Architecture and the Oxford Institute of Sustainable Development can be found online.