Across Scales in Energy Decision-making (ASCEND)

Decarbonisation strategies based on whole energy system analysis are critical in the transition to a low carbon economy. This scoping study, supported by EPSRC  and the Energy Systems Catapult, undertook an initial analysis  of how whole energy system analysis is currently used in decision-making processes across scales, to help identify ways in which the research and policy decision-making relationship could be improved in the future. A summary report will be available shortly. The following reports have been produced so far:

Presentations for the two workshops held in Edinburgh (November 2017) and London (December 2017) can also be viewed by following the links below:

Lead research organisation

University of Birmingham

Principle Investigator: Dr Jonathan Radcliffe

Researcher: Timea Nochta

Academic partners

University College London

Co-Investigator: Will McDowall

Researcher: Dr Francis Li

University of Edinburgh

Co-Investigator: Mark Winskel

University of Leeds

Co-Investigator: Professor Peter Taylor

Co-Investigator: Dr Catherine (Frin) Bale


£60,440 (EPSRC)

Research period

April - December 2017

Further information

Further information about the research project, including the full abstract, can be found on the Research Councils UK website. Please click on the link below to access the website.

The use of Whole Energy System Analysis in decision-making across scales - Research Councils UK