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Reference Number EP/D032709/1
Title Unlocking Low Carbon Potential
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency(Industry) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 25%;
Basic and strategic applied research 75%;
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 15%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Technology acceptance) 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor P Reason
No email address given
School of Management
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 October 2005
End Date 31 July 2009
Duration 46 months
Total Grant Value £818,926
Industrial Sectors Chemicals; Food and Drink; Manufacturing
Region South West
Programme Energy Research Capacity
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Reason , School of Management, University of Bath (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Mr J Aylen , Manchester Business School, University of Manchester (0.001%)
Dr S Shackley , School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh (0.001%)
Ms J (Judith ) Evans , Fac of Eng Science & Built Env, London South Bank University (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Green Alliance (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hygrade (0.000%)
Project Contact , Baxi Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , CompAir UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northern Foods Plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Unilever Plc (0.000%)
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Abstract Many industries use energy in inefficient ways, producing unnecessary carbon emissions. The food industry is one such industry, using significant amounts of energy for cooking, refrigeration and pumping. Technologies exist which could greatly reduce the use of energy, but which appear not to be widely used. Research suggests that the major barriers to employment of these technologies are mainlyorganizational, social, psychological rather than technological. The project will first survey thestock of capital in these energy intensive industries to determine the windows of opportunity for new energy saving investment. The research will then use an action research approach, combined with limited technological support, to work in participation with organization members at all levels to discover the barriers to adopting these stalled technologies, and the practices which could be used to enable them to be more widely taken up. The outputs should have profound impact on organisationsand governments attempting to align themselves to a low carbon trajectory
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