Transforming Birmingham - a city system approach

It is vital to develop a framework for an integrated, energy system that is flexible and resilient enough to deal with future challenges of a changing climate, a growing and ageing population, new technologies and renewable energy sources to reduce carbon emissions at a city-scale.

This scoping study will investigate whole energy systems modelling to ascertain its effectiveness and potential for incorporating other sectors: transport, housing, water and waste; to widen its use. To do this we wish to engage people working within different sectors to provide a forum for discussion which will enable us to identify key areas for future improvement, development or transformative change. There can then be a focus on these key areas to achieve resilient integrated energy system of benefit to the whole of society.

Lead research organisation

University of Birmingham (Department of Civil Engineering)

Principle Investigator: Dr Andrew Quinn
See also: Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

Co-Investigator: Dr John Bryson
See also: City Region Economic and Development Institute

Co-Investigator: Dr Jonathan Radcliffe
See also: Across Scales in Energy Decision-making (ASCEND)

Researcher: Dr Susan Lee
See also: Liveable Cities

Funding

£58,793 (EPSRC)

Research period

May 2017 to February 2018

Further information

Vision and Ambition

Our vision is to transform the energy system in the UK to ensure that the country is able to function in a low carbon world without compromising the well-being of its people.

Our ambition is to create a holistic, integrated, energy system that is flexible and resilient enough to deal with future challenges of a changing climate, a growing and ageing population, new technologies and renewable energy sources to decarbonise at a city-scale.