Years Active: 2012-2014


The UK Energy in a Global Context flagship project drew together the insights that UKERC research has generated relating to UK energy policy and decision options more explicitly in their global context.

Further Information

The project lays out the broad landscape of global energy issues and how they might develop in coming decades, and explores the implications of these issues and developments for national energy policy, with particular reference to the UK, but with relevance also to other countries. There are great uncertainties, in respect of some of these issues, but many of the defining characteristics of the landscape are clear, and the energy policies of all countries, including the UK, will need to be broadly consistent with these if they are to be feasible and achieve their objectives.


The project provides the information about energy and other resources, and the technologies that have been and are being developed to exploit them, that is essential to understanding how the global energy system is developing, and how it might in the future. But its main focus is the critical economic, social, political and cultural issues that will determine which technologies are deployed, why, by whom, and who will benefit from them.

Moreover the project draws out the implications of the global energy dynamics of the coming years for the energy policy, of national governments, with special reference to the UK, and explore how such policy may need to adjust in the light of unfolding events. The UK-focused discussion also has many points of relevance for other developed and EU countries.


The main output will be a book that draws on and integrates UKERC work that is related to various global energy issues, trends and developments, and that explores their implications for the UK. The book is supplemented by a shorter, policy-relevant Synthesis Report.

The book has three parts:

  • Part I sets out the current global context for energy system developments.
  • Part II of the book explores the options and choices facing national and international policymakers as they face the challenges of the global context outlined in Part I.
  • Part III looks at the implications of these global scenarios and, more broadly, of the options and choices presented in Part II, for national energy policy, with special reference to the UK, as a case study of the kinds of responses to these options and choices that have been made, and will need to be made in order to constrain the average global temperature increases to below 6oC.

Key Outputs

For further information please contact Ioanna Ketsopoulou.