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Nick Eyre is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director of Energy Research. He is Director of the major UKRI investment on energy use, the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

Main area(s) of interest/expertiseI have 30 years’ experience in energy and climate policy. Previous roles include Energy Programme leader in the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and Director of Strategy of the Energy Saving Trust. I am scientific advisor on climate change to Oxford City Council and a Fellow of the Energy Institute.

My main research interest is the role of changing energy demand in the energy transition. Our work in CREDS shows that reducing energy demand will be central to reaching emissions reduction targets.

I was a lead author of the ‘Buildings’ Chapter of the Mitigation Report of 5th Assessment of the IPCC, and a review editor of the chapter on energy demand and energy services in the 6th Assessment. I co-authored the UK Government's 2002 Review of Energy Policy, and was the lead author of the research that underpinned the first UK shadow price of carbon.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

Oxford is an amazing place to work on energy and climate issues. There is world leading work on topics ranging from solar materials and batteries to heat decarbonisation and grids in developing countries. Increasingly we are collaborating to bring these insights together. 

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

No doubt about that: climate change – it’s a pervasive and serious risk to the planet. And it can only be addressed effectively by changing many aspects of our society.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  

Yes, definitely. The beginning of a clean energy transition is happening. We have reduced energy use in much of Europe, and the declining costs of wind and solar power makes them the cheapest sources of electricity in many places. A decade ago, few people would have thought that possible. And most importantly, the world is waking up to the need to take action.

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