EVALUATE workshop report – Energy vulnerability in Europe

The Vulnerable Consumer Working Group (VCWG) of the European Commission hosted a workshop on ‘Energy vulnerability in Europe’ on the 27th of February 2014. The workshop, which took place in the DG Energy Headquarters in Brussels, was organized as part of the work programme of the EVALUATE project. It featured 17 presenters from 10 European countries,Continue reading “EVALUATE workshop report – Energy vulnerability in Europe”

Electrifying Manchester: Time for policy intervention in domestic heating?

As part of Policy Week at Manchester University, Manchester Energy and Tyndall Manchester hosted a public event to discuss how to improve domestic heating provision in Manchester and reduce energy vulnerability at a time of rising prices and pressing environmental challenges. Jenni Viitanen reports on some of the main discussion points made at this well attended and highly topical event.

Beyond the ‘sustainable city-region’ – prospects for urban intelligence

Joe Ravetz reviews experience from ‘CURE-1’ (Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology), and the prospects for ‘CURE-2’ – Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy. The text is based on an editorial for the Special Issue on ‘Urban Ecology and Resilience’, Town and Country Planning, October 2013.

Energy transitions and vulnerability – interactions with German audiences

Earlier this month I spoke at three different events in Germany, focusing on various aspects of the relationship between energy transitions and vulnerability in European and other developed-world countries. Most of these presentations were based on the preliminary findings of the EVALUATE project. I first presented a paper in Passau, at the Deutscher Geographentag 2013Continue reading “Energy transitions and vulnerability – interactions with German audiences”

New perspectives on urban energy governance

Last week I attended a fascinating two-day workshop organized by the Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires and Sociétés (LATTS) in Paris. The event focussed on urban energy governance in the global North and South, featuring a wide range of presentations from some of the most prominent researchers in the field. Its broad remit and interdisciplinary focus allowedContinue reading “New perspectives on urban energy governance”