Professor Audley Genus plays leading role in securing €3.2m European Union research funding for project to help tackle climate change
Monday 25 July 2016
A leading academic from Kingston University’s Business School has helped secure €3.2m of European Union funding for a three-year research project to help tackle climate change as part of a 10 partner international consortium.
YTL Professor of Innovation and Technology Management Audley Genus played a key role in securing the funding – of which Kingston University has been awarded more than 430,000 euro – for a project relating to innovation in sustainable energy.
The European Network for Research, Good Practice and Innovation for Sustainable Energy (ENERGISE) project will explore the factors driving individual and collective energy choices and practices around existing and new energy technologies across the continent.
The project would help address the challenges Europe faces as it seeks to move to a greener energy system, Professor Genus explained. "I am delighted to have secured this funding for a project that will make a significant contribution to advancing our understanding and practice of sustainability-related innovation around energy," he said.
"Funding of this kind is extremely helpful in allowing researchers to carry out the type of cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary work required to find solutions for the grand challenges we face, such as those connected with the impact of human-made climate change."
Examining energy initiatives from 30 European countries, ENERGISE’s work will lead to the roll-out and monitoring of energy 'living labs' – that bring together researchers, businesses and the general public to develop and test solutions to problems – across eight countries in a bid to reduce household energy consumption.
The consortium that secured the funding including institutions from Ireland, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Iceland. The majority of the partners are members of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (Europe) (SCORAI), the steering committee of which Professor Genus is a member.
Among the organisations supporting the project are the UK bodies NESTA and Community Energy England, both of which Professor Genus has close links to.