Years Active: 2009-2014

Summary

This project delivered robust datasets and research tools for enhancing academic research in better understanding and meeting the future challenges of end-use energy demand in the UK.

Further Information

The DS4DS project delivered robust datasets and research tools for enhancing academic research in better understanding and meeting the future challenges of end-use energy demand in the UK. This builds on the Investigators’ current research portfolio in end-use energy demand across the three sectors of domestic buildings, non-domestic buildings and transport in two interdisciplinary EPSRC-funded project (4M and SECURE).

The development of spatially disaggregated energy demand scenarios across the UK from the present day to 2050 is intended to enhance knowledge of the future demand of energy and energy services at the local scale, providing the academic community and government with new capability to deliver on the UK’s long-term energy and carbon reduction targets.

The overall aims of the project were:

  • To develop a methodology for generating spatially disaggregated energy demand for a present day ‘base year’ and for future scenarios
  • To embed this methodology within a research tool for generating spatially disaggregated energy demand datasets using national energy scenarios from any source

The first aim was to provide, for the first time, a robust description of local energy demand and how it will change over time, enabling academic researchers in energy demand reduction, energy supply and infrastructure development to account for spatial and temporal variation in energy demand across the UK. The research tool developed in the second aim ensures the longevity and impact of the proposed work, allowing the academic community and government (including Local Authorities) to develop specific localised energy demand statistics for any set of (existing or future) energy scenarios.

To achieve the project aims, the following five objectives (which relate directly to work packages) were carried out:

  • WP1. Consultation and stakeholder engagement
  • WP2. Development of the energy demand disaggregation methodology
  • WP3. Development of the scenario disaggregation methodology
  • WP4. A tool for national energy disaggregation
  • WP5. Dissemination and integration