Energy policy

Birmingham Energy Institute draws on the broad capabilities and expertise at the University of Birmingham and its strong relationship with collaborators from academia and industry, to produce studies and policy documents addressing the challenges facing today’s energy system.

These documents present the needs for development, highlight the opportunities and introduce possible solutions. The policy documents produced by Birmingham Energy Institute and its partners inform the decisions of policymakers. 


Thumbnail view of Powering West Midlands Growth report front coverPowering West Midlands Growth: A Regional Approach to Clean Energy Innovation, March 2018

Energy Capital together with the University of Birmingham and the Energy Systems Catapult have unveiled a policy commission report making the case for the creation of Energy Innovation Zones (EIZs) in the West Midlands. The report states the main focus of the EIZs will be to integrate low carbon technologies, to develop the business models and infrastructure needed to support new approaches to clean energy as well as overcome the regulatory barriers necessary for them to flourish.  They will be designed to stimulate local clean energy innovation and drive productivity within the region, exports and growth


IMPJ5213-H2FC-Supergen-Energy-Security-Report-COVERThe Role of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in Delivering Energy Security for the UK, March 2017 (pdf)

The paper explores the importance of a revised energy security framework. A more long-term view could underpin improvements in UK energy security through targeted future infrastructure investments in low-carbon technologies.

A clear and reliable policy framework will enable the Government, industry, and academia to work together to determine how best to ensure the country’s energy security during the transition to a low-carbon energy system.


CCGG ReportClean Cold and the Global Goals, January 2017 (pdf)

The report investigates how clean cold could help to achieve almost all of the United Nations’ (UN) Global Goals.

The report highlights that, as the world’s population heads to 9 billion by mid-century - increasing projected food demand by 60% - we will need far more cooling to conserve food, water and other resources; tackle poverty, hunger, health and climate change; and underpin growth and development.


Nuclear Decomissioning Report

Education and Training in Nuclear Decommissioning, December 2015 (pdf 3 MB)

The decommissioning of nuclear facilities is growing worldwide, creating job opportunities at all educational levels. Nuclear decommissioning is the industrial process of dismantling and decontaminating nuclear facilities and site remediation, removing them from regulatory control.

The report provides suggestions for helping the development, coordination and promotion of adequate education and training programmes at EU level in nuclear decommissioning.


Doing Cold Smarter Policy report

Doing Cold Smarter report, October 2015 (pdf 8 MB)

Cold is vitally important to modern day life. It underpins the supply of food and medicine, enables the growth of data networks and makes buildings and transportation more comfortable. The lack of cold has massive social and environmental impacts.

The report explores the challenges and opportunities for the UK. 



Sustainability Commission Report, February 2015  (pdf 2.8 MB)

This report explores how businesses across the UK are approaching the challenges of creating a sustainable business model. The Commission was made up of a collection of parliamentarians, and representatives from industry and academia, with the Commission co-chaired by Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP and Professor Stephen Brammer from the University of Birmingham. The sustainability commission was conducted by the Industry and Parliament Trust, working in collaboration with the University of Birmingham.


Liquid Air on the Highway - the environmental and business case forliquid air commercial vehicles in the UK October 2014

This report explores the potential benefits and implications of introducing liquid air engines on commercial vehicles in Britain over the next decade. A number ofengine concepts are being developed, but the focus is on the two closest to commercialdeployment: the zero-emissions ‘power and cooling’ engine for truck and trailerrefrigeration; and the diesel-liquid air ‘heat hybrid’ engine for buses, lorries and othercommercial vehicles. 


Liquid Air Technologies - a guide to the potential - October 2013

This report summarises the environmental and economic potential of each of the various liquid air technologies currently available or being developed, and then explores how these could integrate into the wider energy system to form a 'liquid air economy'.  


The Economics of Low Carbom Cities- A Mini-Stern Review for Birmingham and the Wider Urban Area - September 2013

The report reviews the cost and carbon effectiveness of a wide range of low carbon options for Birmingham and the wider urban area. the study then explores the scope of their deployment, the required investment, financial returns and carbon savings, and the implications for economy and employment.


Pathways for Energy Storage in the UK - March 2013 (pdf)

Pathways for energy storage in the UK provides an introduction to energy storage and the potential technologies with an economic analysis of the viability and role in the future energy system. The report was commissioned by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures.    


The Future of Nuclear Energy in the UK - July 2012

The report was launched to address the debate on the role on nuclear power generation in the future energy system, exploring the technical, environmental, political, sociological and economic factors. The Policy Commission on Nuclear Energy is part of a series of commissions by the University of Birmingham.