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UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4


The fourth phase of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) (UKRI support: £18 million) is undertaking world-class research on the decarbonisation of key sectors such as industry, transport and heat, and exploring the role of local, national and global changes in energy systems.

UKERC's research programme builds evidence to inform decisions that shape the UK's transition towards a net zero energy system and economy. It explores the potential economic, political, social and environmental costs and benefits of energy system change, and consider how these impacts can be distributed equitably. UKERC also hosts and curates energy data, maps and monitors public engagement, carries out systematic evidence reviews and improves the transparency and understanding of energy models.

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Dr Christian Brand is a UKERC Co-Director and co-leads the 'Energy for Mobility' theme together with Professor Jillian Anable at the University of Leeds.

Why focussing on Energy for Mobility?

The transport sector is responsible for 40% of UK final energy consumption, 98% of which is fuelled by oil. Energy consumption in the transport sector peaked in 2007, but has increased by almost 6% since 2013. Sale of large cars such as SUVs are increasing at a much faster rate than EVs. Transport is simply the roadblock to decarbonisation.


Projects in this theme target areas where transport decarbonisation efforts are generating particularly acute technological and governance challenges for the energy system, especially at the local level.

Working with partners from policy, industry and NGOs, UKERC's whole systems approach is guiding six core research projects in the Energy for Mobility theme on:

  1. the readiness of the grid for EVs, with TSU/ECI researcher Dr James Dixon
  2. planning and governance of grid connectedness of new housing, led by Dr Gavin Killip in the ECI
  3. air quality and ecosystem impacts of transport electrification
  4. local energy and mobility transitions
  5. the geopolitics of biofuels for aviation and shipping
  6. global battery and vehicle supply chains

These core projects are complemented by collaborations with other UKERC themes and the CREDS research programme.


Further Information

For more information and output from this research project, please see the UKERC gateway, the Energy for Mobility Theme or contact Dr Christian Brand

In brief




2019 - 2024


UKRI Energy Programme (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council)


Hosted by UCL, UKERC encompasses 17 universities, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chatham House and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies


Dr Rob Gross, Imperial College London

Oxford Principal Investigator

Dr Christian Brand


Dr James Dixon


Dr Christian Brand


Energy for Mobility Theme