The European Union is currently gearing its forces to become a world champion of low carbon economic development, with Germany providing the lead in the form of the Energiewende. The ambitious and far-reaching objectives of this process have attracted a significant amount of academic and media attention, not the least due to the radical political,Continue reading “Large-scale hydropower: ‘Clean’ energy threatens one of Europe’s key biodiversity hotspots”
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”
On the 4th of February CURE hosted a cities@manchester Urban Forum on ‘Austerity, Warmth, and Well-being: Connecting Fuel Poverty and Urban Health’ together with the Institute of Population Health. Organised as a panel discussion, it was chaired by Arpana Varma (Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester) and had Pat Karney (Labour Councillor at the Manchester City Council), DamianContinue reading “CURE co-hosts an Urban Forum on fuel poverty and urban health”
CURE Directors Joe Ravetz and Stefan Bouzarovski connect the recent CURE launch event (featuring a lecture by Durham University geography professor Harriet Bulkeley) with topical developments in the UK energy sector.
The EVENT project is well underway. The contribution below, written by project team member Dr Alexandra Prodromidou, reflects on our recent project activities.
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.
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.
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”
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the kick-off meeting of the European Energy Research Alliance’s Joint Programme on the Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts of Energy Policies and Technologies, held in San Sebastian, Spain. The meeting gave me the chance to speak, via a keynote lecture, about the research and policy issues that areContinue reading “A new wave of interest in energy vulnerability issues within European research and policy agendas”
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”