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£10 million Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at University of Sheffield announced

  • Centre will aim to revolutionise approaches to climate change mitigation and promote food security, whilst safeguarding natural resources
  • It will develop the science to safely remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to cool the planet
  • Announcement coincides with Paris Climate Change Conference 2015

A new £10million Centre for Climate Change Mitigation, led by the University of Sheffield, has been announced, in a bid to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

As global leaders gather in Paris for the Climate Change Conference to reach a deal aimed at reducing global carbon emissions and limiting global warming, the Leverhulme Trust Board has today (3 December 2015) revealed plans for the new Centre, which will be funded for up to £10 million over ten years.

Led by Professor David Beerling, the Leverhulme Centre hopes to revolutionise approaches to climate change mitigation and transform the evidence base needed to alter land management options for mitigating climate change and promoting food security, whilst safeguarding natural resources. The vision is to develop and assess the role of enhanced rock weathering as a means of safely removing large amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere to cool the planet, while also mitigating ocean acidification.

The plan is to deliver these aims through Earth system modelling, lab-based controlled environment experimental investigations and large-scale field studies, embedded with social science analyses of sustainability and public engagement.

Professor Beerling FRS, Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Sheffield, said: "I am delighted that the Leverhulme Trust is providing substantial long-term investment in our pioneering Leverhulme Centre at the University of Sheffield. It couldn’t be more timely and represents a huge vote of confidence for the outstanding team of scientists and social scientists involved from Sheffield and elsewhere.

"Turning the tide on climate change is a matter of inter-generational justice. Deployable strategies for removing CO2 from the atmosphere are strongly embedded in climate stabilization policies but don’t yet exist. So pinning the future fate of the Earth and 7 billion humans on meaningful emission cuts without fostering research into alternative actions to avert the threat of dangerous climate change is a risky strategy.

He added: "The ambition of our new interdisciplinary Leverhulme Centre is to deliver a step-change in the development of feasible, scalable, atmospheric CO2 removal options and avert ocean acidification. We will objectively develop the science, sustainability and ethics necessary for harnessing the photosynthate energy of plants to accelerate the breakdown of silicate rocks applied to agroecosystems and ultimately sequester carbon on the sea floor. In effect, the approach uses natural reactions that have been stabilizing climate for millions of years to safely remove the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."

The University of Sheffield Leverhulme Centre is one of four winners of the new Leverhulme Research Centre awards, designed to support fundamental cross-disciplinary research across the whole range of the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

The competition was designed to encourage original research which would establish or reshape a significant field of study and transform our understanding of an important topic in contemporary societies. The Trust encourages research which is fundamental or curiosity-driven, multi-disciplinary, and often higher risk. Applicants were therefore invited to be bold in compiling their bids, with the choice of research topic left deliberately open.

Professor Gordon Marshall, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, said: "The new Leverhulme Trust Centres are a major investment in discovery-led research at a time when funding for scholarly inquiry is under great pressure. They are our vote-of-confidence in the quality of the UK’s outstanding researchers at every level. Each Centre will embrace multi-disciplinary and international collaborations designed to bring the highest calibre of expertise to bear on these exciting areas of inquiry. We look forward to working with our new award holders over the coming years as they explore these new research agendas."

Sustainability expert to drive forward city's low-carbon sector

Prof Lenny KohA renowned expert on sustainability, and Director of CEES, has been chosen to help drive forward Sheffield’s low-carbon sector.

Professor Lenny Koh from the Management School, a specialist on low-carbon supply chains, has been selected as one of three new Chairs of the 'Sustainability Partnership for business, innovation and skills' for the Sheffield City Region.

Professor Koh will work alongside Oliver Coppard, from the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, and Teresa Hitchcock, from law firm DLA Piper, as co-chairs to represent the education, public and private sectors.

A recent report by Oxford Economics found that over 9600 people are employed in the low carbon sector across the Sheffield City Region, and suggested that the sector will create over 1000 jobs in the region before 2021, adding over £80 million to the local economy.

The sector covers areas such as as low-emission vehicles, waste processing, low-carbon electricity and heat, low-carbon advisory and finance services and developing energy-efficiency products.

Professor Koh said: “We’re really thrilled to be taking on the challenge of driving this sector forward in Sheffield City Region. Given what is going on at a national and international level, the opportunity to develop a thriving, growing sector could not be bigger or more exciting.

Scenat+ Launch Event“Over the coming weeks and months our priority will be to listen to as many voices as we can from across the region’s businesses, innovation hubs, local authorities and third sector organisations, so that we know exactly what our industry needs from the Sheffield City Region if we’re going to move forward.

“With the Northern Powerhouse and the devolution agenda moving forward so quickly, there is a real, once in a generation chance to get the support from government that our low carbon sector needs. There are some big challenges ahead, but with the right support we really can exploit our well-earned global reputation for excellence and innovation.”

The Partnership will continue feeding into the Sheffield City Region growth plan, through initiatives such as the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), run by Professor Koh. The Centre seeks to develop resource efficiency within the advanced materials and manufacturing, energy, agricultural technology and food, healthcare and transport industries.

Over the coming months, the new Chairs of the Partnership have also committed to a ‘leadership and learning’ model, engaging with the wider low carbon sector through a series of events and meetings across the region.

The first outing for the new look group will be at the launch of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre’s (AREC) SCEnAT+ tool in London on the 24 September 2015 sponsored by Microsoft (click leaflet above).

Recycling e-waste worth up to 3.7 billion euros to Europe

Prof Lenny KohRecycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) more effectively could be worth up to 3.7 billion euros to the European market as well as reducing environmental pollution, an award winning research paper has found.

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of CEES, along with colleagues Federica Cucciella, Idiano D’Adomo and Paolo Rosa from the University of L’Aquila and Politecnico di Milano have recently published a paper entitled ‘Recycling of WEEEs: an economic assessment of present and future e-waste streams’.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment is currently considered to be one of the fastest growing waste streams in the world, with an estimated growth rate between three and five per cent each year.

Professor Koh, Director of Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and a world leading expert on low carbon supply chains, said: “We have been working on the collaborative research for several years with the University of L’Aquila and Politecnico di Milano. This builds from our prior research on turning waste into resource, resource efficiency and circular economy.

“In particular, this research has strong relevance to addressing global issues of materials availability and security, reducing reliance on unused non-renewable materials, especially precious, critical and rare earth materials in manufacturing for sustainability and for consideration for substitution.”

The paper presents a comprehensive framework supporting the decision-making process of multiple electronic recycling centres. The assessment defined the potential revenues coming from the recovery of valuable materials, such as gold and platinum, in 14 electronic items including notebooks, monitors, smartphones, hard drives and tablets using current and future disposed quantities in Europe.

It found that recycling electronic waste was equal to 2.15 billion euros in overall potential revenue to the European market in 2014 and could rise to 3.67 billion euros by 2020. As well as providing a significant source of revenue, more effective recovery of materials could benefit the environment by reducing manufacturers’ reliance on unprocessed resources.

Professor Koh added: “The recycling of e-waste could allow the diminishing use of virgin resources in manufacturing and, consequently, it could contribute in reducing environmental pollution.

“Given that EU has tried over the last two decades to develop a circular economy based on the exploitation of resources recovered by wastes, this research is key evidence to influence both industry and government on the financial and economic value of materials recovery of WEEE.”

With the development of new electronic items and waste set to increase, the research highlights the need for manufacturers and recycling centres to work more closely together in order to recover more material from disposed equipment. It also recommends needed the development of more flexible recycling plants able to intercept different types of end of life products.

Following publication earlier this month, the research has been recognised by academic publisher Elsevier with the prestigious Atlas Award.

The award recognises scientific research that has an impact on people around the world and is selected by an advisory board based on suggestions from the publishers of Elsevier's 1,800 journals each month.

Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, said: “I am delighted to hear that Professor Koh and her colleagues have been recognised with the Elsevier Atlas Award. This insightful work demonstrates the significant impact research here at the University can have on our world and the environment.”

An award ceremony for the presentation of the Elsevier Atlas Award will be held at the Management School on 29 September 2015.

AREC at Factory 2050 Conference

The Factory 2050 Conference took place on the 25th & 26th of March 2015 at the Advanced Manufacturing Park. The AMRC Executive Dean, Professor Keith Ridgway CBE led the Factory 2050 Conference. This conference featured speakers from organisations around the world discussing what the factory of the future will be like. Presentations included the reconfigurable manufacturing, the role people will have in Factory 2050 and also the challenges to supply chains in the future.

The presentations aimed to answer questions such as:

  • What will Factory 2050 look like?
  • How will it differ across industrial sectors?
  • How will it interface with the supply chain?
  • What technologies will be used to make Factory 2050 a reality?
  • What will be the impact of new and innovative processes?
  • What role will people play and how will they be adequately trained?

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), delivered a presentation entitled ‘Future Supply Chain Environmental and Decision Science’ at the Factory 2050 Conference. Her presentation focused on how supply chains in the future will have to adapt and how the supply chain will fit into the factory reconfigurability of the future. The topic of supply chains adaptability was also discussed by other speakers at the conference demonstrating the importance of supply chain sustainability. This highlights the importance of the work of AREC.

AREC had a stand at the conference engaging with industry representatives and discussing with them how working with AREC can help their industry. The conference was well attended over the two days with over 200 guests and speakers from different international companies.

It was a great event for industry and academics to come together and discuss the opportunities and challenges of the future. The conference also highlighted the importance of the development of resource sustainable supply chains.

Supply Chain Success in REF2014

The research from the LSCM Research Centre, CEES and AREC including outputs, environment and impact case studies made extraordinary achievements in the REF2014, boosting the ranking of the results in the University of Sheffield and also of the Management School:

  • Top five in the Russell Group for research impact
  • Top ten in the UK for research impact

Professor Lenny Koh, director of LSCM Research Centre, CEES and AREC, said: "This extraordinary achievement demonstrates the world-leading research in supply chain and resource sustainability at the University of Sheffield, and shows that we're the 'go-to' institution for research and impact in this area. It is also a recognition that shows the research we do made a difference to the world, industry and society."

Details of the REF Impact Case Studies contributed by our Centres are shown in the links below:

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Energy Policy: Sweating Our Assets with Rt Hon Laura Sandys MP

Date: Thurs 30 Oct 2014
Time: 16.30 - 18:00, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Mappin Hall, Sir Frederick Main Building, Mappin Street, University of Sheffield, S1 4DT

We are delighted to welcome the Rt Hon Laura Sandys MP to the University to speak about Energy Policy and how 'Sweating Our Assets' by recycling and re-manufacturing can help with the green circular economy.

Following Laura's lecture, there will be short talks from two of the University's Early Career Researchers. Dr Grant Wilson from the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering will discuss the use and importance of Energy Data analysis in scenario planning and Liam Goucher from the Management School will talk about SCOT, a European Commission funded project at the University of Sheffield which is tasked to help define the Strategic European Research & Innovation Agenda and provide a Joint Action Plan for its implementation across Member States.

The event is free and open to all, including members of the public, but places need to be reserved via the Eventbrite website.

The 'Sweating Our Assets: Productivity and Efficiency Across the UK Economy'report, which was chaired by Laura Sandys MP, is available to read here.

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ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014

As part of the UK-wide Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, taking place from the 1st - 8th November 2014, we are holding two events relating to our research into susitainable supply chains. Information regarding each event, and how to book, can be found below.

Title: Improving Supply Chain Efficiency and Competitiveness under Resource Scarcity
Date & time: Mon 3 November 2014, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Sheffield University Management School, Hitchcock Boardroom
Booking: you must register in order to attend this event. Please go to the Sheffield Management School Gateway and complete the booking form.
Summary: The University of Sheffield (UoS) excels in supply chain management and resource efficiency. The Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) combines the University’s expertise in Supply Chain Management, Advanced Materials, Agritech & Energy to produce a unique, world-class research facility. It provides business with access to the knowledge, capabilities and tools to reduce the environmental, economic and social impact of their supply chain in a sustainable and innovative way. There is increasing academic and corporate interest in green and sustainable supply chain management (Koh et al 2012) and low carbon technologies. This is derived from a need to reduce dependency on our carbon based resources by adopting approaches that impact on the TBL of ecological, economic and social indicators. There are currently no facilities in the world that offer bespoke multidisciplinary Supply Chain Resource Sustainability TBL modelling solutions for private enterprise to buy into. AREC will be the first to offer this by developing a multi-layered modelling facility, channelling it through a new corporate-facing Supply Chain Hub infrastructure. AREC is also a Futures 2022 initiative within the UoS. This workshop will look into tools in economic and social dimensions, alongside science and engineering, to scope out the intersections for collaborations and interventions. It will engage with a range of stakeholders including government, industry, universities, the 3rd sector and the public, to gather multiple views on how this research can be exploited.

Title: Promoting Sustainable Supply Chain Growth by Research and Innovation Exploitation
Date & time: Mon 3 November 2014, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Sheffield University Management School, Hitchcock Boardroom
Booking: you must register in order to attend this event. Please go to the Sheffield Management School Gateway and complete the booking form.
Summary: This interactive workshop will discuss the work of Professor Koh’s two leading Research Centres – The Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre; and how their research improves supply chain efficiency and competitiveness under resource scarcity. These Research Centres undertake cutting edge research and create practical tools which impact on practice, academia and industry throughout the world. This vibrant research community attracts significant investment from a wide range of funding bodies and industry partners around the world. From this research, Professor Koh and her team produced the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT). SCEnAT is a first step on the pathway in adopting a balanced green supply chain system approach. It is a robust, cloud based DSS application and a modular supply chain modelling tool, which incorporates a very advanced Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and 1-0 methodology, supply chain mapping, intervention database and performance evaluation and KPI facilities. In the LLP EU funded project, Promoting Environmentally Sustainable SMEs (PrESS) the tool is being developed further and will be rolled out to wider SMEs in Europe, its methodology will be further advanced, and skills and training on supply chain environmental improvement and SCEnAT will be provided.

Another relevant event as part of the UK-wide Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, relates to the ERSC funded TRANSFER project, specifically how to promote more conscientious consumption of fashion, energy and water.

Title: Put a better foot forward: perspectives of sustainable consumption from the world of fashion
Date & time: Tues 4 November 2014, 09:00-12:00 or 14:00-17:00
Location: 17 The Moor (formerly Woolworths), Sheffield S1 4PF
Booking: you must register in order to attend this event. Please go to the website to book.
Summary: An interactive workshop to promote more conscientious consumption of fashion, focusing on your footprint.

Exploring Key Questions around Entry to the UK Energy Supply Market for SMEs

The GB Energy market is facing period of unprecedented change. The Government's Electricity Market Reform programme has placed in statute (through the Energy Bill, 2013) the mechanisms needed to underpin more than £110 billion of investment in the UK electricity sector before 2020, in order to set the UK on the pathway of a decarbonised economy which is energy secure and affordable. More recently, in March2014, Ofgem published its long awaited ‘State of the Market Assessment’, the latest in a number of regulator led market assessments. This is the biggest investigation of the British energy markets since privatisation and deregulation began in the 1980s. The report concludes that competition in the energy market is not working as well as it could be. In addition to low customer switching and increasing generation profits amongst the ‘Big 6’ (£3bn in 2009 to £3.7bn in 2012), Ofgem highlight that the significant level of vertical integration in the UK electricity market amongst the ‘Big 6’ makes it difficult for new entrants (who don’t own generation assets) to compete against them.

In the context of these significant changes, this report explores the current GB electricity retail market structure and how it is dominated by six large, vertically integrated energy companies (the ‘Big 6’) and considers the key market failings and perceived barriers to entry for small scale electricity suppliers.

A copy of the report, entitled Exploring Key Questions around Entry to the UK Energy Supply Market for SMEs, can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant link to the right hand side of the page.

29th July 2014: Supporting Supply Chain Resource Sustainability: A Workshop on Challenges, Efficiency Improvement and Collaborative Solutions

On 29th July 2014, 51 industry representatives and academics explored supply chain challenges during a half day workshop held at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, to foster closer working relationships between The University of Sheffield academics and leading businesses in key strategic areas including advanced materials and manufacturing, energy and nuclear, water and agritech.

Professor Lenny Koh, supported by a distinguished team of respected academics, led the Supply Chain Resource Sustainability (SCRS) workshop, helping to shape the vision and programme of supply chain resource sustainability research for translational and high impact performance. The workshop was very well attended, resulted in an informed and diverse range of opinions and identified key collaborative areas, capabilities and tools around supply chain resource sustainability needed by industry to address their resources supply chain challenges.

The workshop also introduced the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC), a facility for supporting the development of competitive advantage by creating world leading, resource sustainable supply chains through collaborative action between industry and academia, especially in the thematic areas where The University of Sheffield has deep expertise including (1) advanced materials and manufacturing; (2) energy and nuclear; (3) water; (4) agritech/food.

A report will be released in mid September 2014, to be followed by a collaborative steering group meeting.

10TH July 2014, CEES Seminar by Dr Fulcieri Maltini (FM Consultants Associates, France)

Decommissioning of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine: The Intermediate Spent Fuel Storage ISF-2 Project.

In 1993, following 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the G7 launched an initiative on the prevention of further nuclear accidents within Russian built plants and agreed that the EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development) establish a fund aimed at the closure and decommissioning of some Russian built nuclear power plants of the RBMK and VVER 440-230 type. The initiative initially included the plants of Ignalina units 1 and 2 in Lithuania, Kozloduy units 1, 2, 3 and 4 in Bulgaria, and Saint Petersburg units 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the Russian Federation. In 1996, three remaining Chernobyl units in Ukraine were added to the scope. The fund contributors included the G7 countries, the EU, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. Initial contributions were in excess of € 285 million. As of today, 22 countries and the European Community are still contributing with grants for safety upgrades and the decommissioning of the above nuclear power plants.

This one hour seminar, led by Dr Maltini, focussed on the Intermediate Spent Fuel Storage (ISF-2) project as part of the wider G7 initiative for the closure and decommissioning of these nuclear power plants, as well as the requirement for further Research & Development to inform the safe development of new generation nuclear power plants in the region.


Dr Maltini is a graduate in Electrical Engineering, holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome, Italy and several European and US management diplomas. He actively advises Governments, the International Telecommunications Union, the UN Industrial Development Organization, the European Investment Bank, the European Commission and other international institutions as well as the industry on sustainable development, environmental sciences, conventional, renewable energy technologies, bio fuels, energy efficiency and energy legislations.

Dr Maltini has been responsible for the decommissioning programme of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant units in Ukraine and the Ignalina units in Lithuania. Both programmes, initiated in 1996, are still ongoing, and are expected to run for a further ten years.

18th June 2014, CEES Seminar by Dr Christopher Clack (University of Colorado)

Low Cost and Low Carbon Emission Wind and Solar Energy Systems are Feasible for Large Geographic Domains

The importance of weather-driven renewable energies for the United States’ and the world’s energy portfolio is growing. The main perceived problems with weather-driven renewable energies are their intermittent nature, low power density, and high costs. In 2009 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado (CIRES) began a large-scale investigation into the characteristics of weather-driven renewables. The project utilized the best available weather data assimilation model to compute high spatial and temporal resolution power datasets for the renewable resources of wind and solar PV. The weather models used were the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) for the years of 2006-2008 over the US and the Flow-Following Finite Volume Icosahedral Model (FIM) for 2008 over the globe.


Dr Christopher Clack is a research scientist II with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics and plasma physics from the University of Sheffield in the UK, where he was studying waves in the atmosphere of the Sun. He also has a B.Sc. in mathematics and statistics from the University of Manchester in the UK. Dr Clack previously worked on solar physics and the governing equations of magnetohydrodynamics, which is a convolution of the Navier-Stokes equations with the simplified Maxwell equations. His work in that field brought him into his passion of renewable energy with research into ignition temperature possibilities using Alfven resonances.

Press Release:  Environmental and Energy Improvements – European funded collaborative project is thinking big for SMEs

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Key international stakeholders in a University of Sheffield managed international team met in January 2014 and kick-started a ground-breaking new project which aims to help Small to Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) deliver both environmental and cost improvements.

The European consortium’s initial talks laid foundations for the implementation of a project, EU LLP PrESS (SCEnAT). SCEnAT (Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool) has been developed by Professor Lenny Koh, project Principal Investigator and Leader of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) at Sheffield University Management School.

This project will further develop Professor Koh’s SCEnAT tool, which already helps SMEs understand their environmental impact, so that it can deliver carbon emission reductions and real cost reductions.

Read the full press release HERE

17th February 2014, CEES Seminar by Professor Thomas Choi (Arizona State University)

A CEES Seminar by Professor Thomas Choi (WP Carey School of Business, Arizona State University), is taking place on Monday 17th February 2014 at 2:00pm in the Sheffield University Management School Meeting Rooms 1 & 2.

This one hour seminar will focus on the current research which Professor Choi is undertaking as W P Carey Business School Chair and Director of the Centre for Supply Networks at Arizona State University including supply networks as a complex adaptive system, social network analysis of supply networks, service outsourcing triads, non-linear buyer-supplier relationships, supply base management, supplier-supplier relationships, supply chain disintermediation, structural embeddedness in supply networks, multi-tier supply chain management.

Thomas Y. Choi is a Professor of Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University. He serves as Director of the Center for Supply Networks (CaSN) whose stated mission is to advance the science of supply chain management. His articles have been published in the Academy of Management Executive, Business Horizons, Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Production and Operations Management, and others. He has received the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Operations Management. He also received other recognitions for his articles in Business Horizons, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Operations Management. Thomas is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management , Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Operations and Management Research. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and Production and Operations Management.

This seminar is free to attend but places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Download The February Flyer (PDF). To book a place, please contact by the 12th February 2014.

16 December 2013 - CEES Seminar by Dr Nick Eyre (Oxford University), UK Energy Efficiency Policy

A CEES seminar by Dr Nick Eyre (Oxford University), is taking place on 16 December 2013 at 12noon in the ICOSS Boardroom.

The seminar will focus on how Energy efficiency has been an important driver of the reduction in UK emissions of CO2 in recent decades and remains a key element of Government energy and climate policy. The ingredients of successful policy are understood, but there are major challenges to delivering long term goals. The Government’s new flagship energy efficiency policy for buildings, The Green Deal, has encountered well-publicised problems. These are analysed and some ways forward are discussed.

Dr Nick Eyre is Programme Leader of the Lower Carbon Futures group in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and a Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, leading its work on energy demand. Nick previously worked at the Energy Saving Trust as Director of Strategy and, on secondment, in Cabinet Office, where he was a co-author of the Government’s 2002 Review of Energy Policy. Nick has worked on energy, environment and climate issues for 25 years. He has published extensively and is a lead author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC to be published in 2014.

There will be lunch at the end of the seminar. For more information please see the flyer in the Downloads menu right. To book a place please contact Katherine Powell by the 9 December 2013.

5 November 2013 - Making Homes Warmer Boosts Community Pride Article

The Big Energy Upgrade Project features in the Sheffield Star. To read the full article, entitled Making Homes Warmer Boosts Community Pride, please click here

30 October 2013 - Climate Change, Law and Victimisation event

CEES and the Centre for Criminalogical Research are organising a workshop that will bring together lawyers, criminologists, geographers and supply chain expert in discussing how environmental crimes theories combined with geographical and environmental data can be combined to identify the links between climate change, environmental crime and victimisation. For more information please see the programme in the Downloads menu right or contact Marina Ciaraldi

8 July 2013 - CEES Seminar

Paul Ekins (UCL) "Low Carbon Trajectories for the UK to 2050: Conclusions and Controversies" - The seminar will focus on the recently published UKERC report on the UK Energy system to 2050. Please contact Marina Ciaraldi (

April 2013 - Sheffield City Region "Low Carbon and Renewables"

Sheffield City Region have released their latest resource on Low Carbon and Renewables. The document is available to download in the menu on the right.

March 2013 - Energy We Can all Afford? Centre director Prof. Koh in public debate on fuel poverty, climate change and fossil fuels

On Friday 8th March, CEES Director Professor Lenny Koh will be speaking at an event organised by Friends of the Earth along with Caroline Flint MP, Martyn Williams of the Energy Bill Revolution and Simon Bowens from Friends of the Earth.

This winter millions of people across the UK have been struggling to pay their gas and electricity bills, yet energy prices continue to rise. Come and join the debate - how can we tackle the challenges of fuel poverty, fossil fuels and climate change to create…

For more information, dowload the event flyer.

February 2013 - Independent investigation reveals communities’ thoughts on Government’s Green Deal

Implications and challenges surrounding the Governments energy-efficiency flagship programme the Green Deal have been raised by University of Sheffield researchers following an investigation into what low income communities in the Yorkshire and Humberside region think of the scheme.

Although more findings are expected following a thorough analysis of their data, the researchers were able to draw out some feedback including:

  • Many residents who do not own their own homes perceive a financial investment in someone else’s property as unfair and illogical.
  • The Green Deal is good for the local supply chains and the economy.
  • Residents are dubious of the role that banks might play in financing the Green Deal.
  • It will boost the energy efficiency market and creates a low carbon future for our building stocks.
  • Confusion between the Green Deal and other Government initiatives, such as solar panels and the feed-in tariff
  • Residents concluded that it is only a matter of time before their Local Authority or Housing Association will fund interventions across all homes under one scheme or another
  • While the financial savings may be significant in time, increased warmth and comfort are immediate and tangible.

Professor Lenny Koh, who led the project, said: “Green Deal is a strategic and important financial scheme to help people to keep their home warm and afford access to energy. Hence, Green Deal will improve quality of life of individuals.

Read the full press release.

February 2013 - SCEnAT and the BIG Energy Upgrade featured in the latest edition of Discover Magazine.

Two major CEES projects, SCEnAT and the BIG Energy Upgrade have been featured in the latest edition of the University of Sheffield publication "Discover".

SCEnAT is a powerful new software tool, built to international environmental standards by researchers at the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability at the University of Sheffield, is helping to detect and eliminate carbon hot spots in the supply chain – thus improving productivity, efficiency and regulatory compliance.

The BIG Energy Upgrade sees the University working alongside local authorities, housing associations and energy providers to end fuel poverty in ten of the most deprived communities of Yorkshire and Humber. A report by researchers based in CEES has found that local authorities can significantly reduce their carbon emissions, secure best value for taxpayers, and use small and medium sized local companies to stimulate economic growth by embedding best practice in their procurement activities.

Read both of the articles and find out more on pages 17 & 18 of the magazine here.

January 2013 - CEES experts to support Green Deal Pioneers Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

CEES, in partnership with Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Groundwork Dearne Valley and Keepmoat Homes have successfully secured £872,000 of funding to support the roll out and delivery of the Government's flagship Green Deal initiative. £109,000 of this funding came from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Green Deal Pioneer Places fund.

The Green Deal is a national scheme that enables the installation of a range of home energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and new boilers with no up-front cost. The Green Deal Pioneer Places scheme will help to launch the Green Deal at a local level. The Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustanability will undertake a monitoring and evaluation role within the project, and will work closely in collaboration with all of the project partners. The project leader is Professor Lenny Koh, the support officer is Dr Stanimira Taneva and the monitoring and evaluation associate is Robert Marchand

This project complements with the £15million European ERDF funded BIG Energy Upgrade project (PI Professor Lenny Koh) with a large multi-disciplinary team of academics and researchers across the Faculties of Social Sciences, Engineering and Science, and a large consortium of partners. CEES and Management School are leading on this.

January 2013 - Upcoming demonstration of SCEnAT on Cloud, powered by Microsoft Windows Azure

SCEnAT on Cloud eventThe advancement in cloud services now offers Universities and research groups access to an unparalleled level of technological power. On Wednesday 23rd January 2013, The University of Sheffield will play host an event to demonstrate the Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT), an innovative application powered by Microsoft Windows Azure technology. The event will also celebrate the launch of the Microsoft and JANET document pack.

Your place at the event must be booked at For more information, please see the flyer available in the Downloads menu on the right.


October 2012 - A great success of SCEnAT workshop in Greece

On 17th October, colleagues from CEES visited CITY College in Thessaloniki, Greece to take part in a green development workshop. For the full story visit

October 2012 - BIG Energy Upgrade launched procurement and supply chain report at the Green Deal Value Chain event

Celebrating the Green DealRichard Mellish, Head of the Green Deal Programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) addressed the BIG Energy Upgrade Green Deal Value Chain event at The University of Sheffield on Tuesday 18 September 2012. The event celebrated the contribution of the BIG Energy Upgrade to the national Green Deal and looked at future implications for homes and businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Mellish joined policy makers, representatives from local authorities, green deal providers, academics from the University of Sheffield and a panel of the UK’s biggest energy providers to discuss how to maximise the benefits that the Green Deal could provide to the region.

The BIG Energy Upgrade: Procurement and supply chain report – Green Deal and Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Supply Chains Delivery - was launched at the Green Deal Value Chain event and a copy of that report can now be downloaded. An programme for the day's event is also available to download from this page (see Downloads box, right). 

September 2012 - New SCEnAT website launched

scenat logoThe Supply Chain Environmental Analysis Tool (SCEnAT) has been in use for over 12 months by a small selection of companies working in partnership with the University of Sheffield, but we are now pleased to announce that the tool is generally available via the new SCEnAT website -

See the SCEnAT Flyer (available to download, right) or the University press release for more information.

March 2012 - Preparing the Green Deal

The BIG Energy Upgrade Programme (BEU) is working with DECC and EEDO in preparing for the launch of the Green Deal. For further details of this collaboration, please visit

February 2012 - CEES on YouTube

The work of CEES and related projects is currently being featured on the ResearchAtSheffield website and ResearchAtSheffield YouTube channel. Six full mini-films on the topic of "Environment" are available at these links but the 6-minute overview film is embedded here:

September 2011 - Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change launches The BIG Energy Upgrade

June 2011 - £14.9m awarded for pioneering low carbon programme in Yorkshire and the Humber