Energy development policy

Presentations

The energy development policy research projects were presented as a group in one single session. You can download a PDF of the combined presentations.

Projects

Scenarios for Shale Gas Development in the UK

Student: Ademola Okuwoga
Supervisor(s): Professor Jim Skea (Centre for Environmental Policy)
Poster number: #1 Download PDF

The success story of the American shale gas revolution has sparked interest around the world for unconventional hydrocarbon resources. The UK is among a handful of countries considering attempting to emulate the success seen in the US. The early steps of a budding shale gas industry in the UK has included, a resource appraisal by the British Geological Survey, alterations in deep land ownership rights and a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) conducted by AMEC. As various stakeholders consider the future development of the industry, this thesis aims to use a statistical scenario approach to posit future production profiles for the UK and the corresponding surface effects.

Energy Security in the Asia Pacific: The design of an index for energy security

Student: Aleksandrs Svilans
Supervisor(s): Dr Kaveh Madani (Centre for Environmental Policy), Dr Mark Workman (Energy Research Partnership)
Poster: #2 Download PDF

Driven by economic development, the Asia Pacific has become the centre of growth in global energy demand. This shift has reshaped the energy security environment in the region, and has posed major new energy security challenges. This project aims to develop policy insights on energy security in the Asia Pacific through the development of a novel approach to the quantitative analysis of energy security and evaluation of the results with respect to selected national energy policies in the region.

The Role of the Energy Hegemony conceptualisation in providing new insights on International Relations and Regional Geopolitics

Student: Jenny Cherkasky
Supervisor(s): Dr Kaveh Madani (Centre for Environmental Policy), Dr Mark Workman (Energy Research Partnership)
Poster: #3 Download PDF

The aim of this thesis is to discuss and conceptualise the main factors which allow countries to alter the realisation of oil and gas pipelines. The construction of gas and oil pipelines significantly impacts the energy security and bargaining power of energy importing, exporting and transit countries. These projects are often realised not solely on the basis of economic interests, but are also based on the intergovernmental relations and power ratios. Taking into account this reality will allow some insights in the power constellations between countries and the dynamics of the conclusion of major pipeline projects.

Addressing the present mismatch between top-down national energy infrastructure agendas and local low-carbon plans in the UK

Student: Konstantinos Anagnostou
Supervisor(s): Dr Mark Workman (Energy Research Partnership), Dr Stephen Hall (University of Leeds)
Poster number: #4 Download PDF

Although the UK government has committed to reducing its emissions by 80% by 2050, the role of local government in this transition remains unclear. At the same time, the ongoing devolution process is likely to have wider implications on the way that the UK energy system is governed. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have recently emerged as the key agents that bring together local authorities and businesses with a remit to promote job creation and stimulate economic growth. This aim of this thesis is to assess the role of LEPs in scaling-up their activities related to low-carbon development. This was achieved by exploring their motivations, capacity, and potential powers, before policy considerations are raised.

Design of sustainable electricity portfolios for Morocco using a stochastic MCDM framework

Student: Philipp Christopher Stoelting
Supervisor(s): Dr Kaveh Madani (Centre for Environmental Policy), Dr Mark Workman (Energy Research Partnership)
Poster number: #5 Download PDF

Unsustainable energy provision based on the import of primary energy strains Morocco’s balance of payments and the government’s budget. The country is poor in traditional natural resources but has great, largely untapped renewable energy potential. Despite a push towards renewable energies the country lacks a clear energy strategy and milestones past 2020. The current electricity sector is dominated by coal power plants but an expected quadrupling of electricity demand by 2035 offers the unique chance to design a sustainable energy portfolio. This project identifies important criteria for sustainable energy policy in Morocco and uses a stochastic MCDM framework to identify sustainable electricity generation portfolios.

The Role of Media Framing and Values in the Public Climate Change Disconnect

Student: Matthew Ford Gibson
Supervisor(s): Dr Mark Workman (Energy Research Partnership), Mr Simon Bushell (SymPower)
Poster number: #6 Download PDF

Climate change is the greatest challenge faced by humanity in this century and beyond. Political, economic, and technical solutions do exist, but current commitments are falling short on delivering necessary action. It is well documented that strong societal support is vital in achieving a transition to mitigate the worst effects on unchecked climate change. However, the public are currently thoroughly disengaged with the issue. This project examines the role of the media in this public disconnect. Focus is given to how effective engagement can be developed through the use of frames and values that resonate with an audience.