Recent 3CSEP Publications and Presentations

3CSEP has been active presenting and publishing research this year. We would like to summarize some of our special projects in this short bulletin. Our most recent presentations and reports are listed below. Enjoy!

Changing Behaviour toolkit launched

As a culmination of the three-year research project "Changing Behaviour", the project consortium has launched MECHanisms, a practical online resource aimed at project managers working in intermediary organisations promoting change in energy behaviour, primarily on the local level. Together with their partners from various European countries, 3CSEP researchers worked on creating a toolkit that aims to provide a systematic approach to designing, implementing and evaluating ene

Critical Factors Changing the Future Global Energy Landscape

Fatih Birol, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency (IEA), delivered a public lecture on Critical Factors Changing the Future Global Energy Landscape at CEU on November 26, 2010.

CEU Energy Research Entering High-Level Policy Discussions

Two recent European policy discussions on energy use featured input from Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Professor in CEU's Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy -- more specifically, with her research on the so-called "lock-in effect". This research is indicating that policy-makers and developers are potentially missing out on substantial long-term efficiency improvements, by focusing solely on low-hanging fruit in their approach to the environmental retro-fitting of buildings.

Employment benefits of large-scale energy-efficient building renovations in Hungary

While significantly reducing Hunga­rian greenhouse gas emissions and addressing other social problems at the same time, up to 130,000 jobs could be created in Hungary by the end of this decade through a large-scale program for energy-efficient building renovations. This has been revealed by a study carried out by the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, which was released on June 8, 2010.

Fuel poverty in Hungary: research report released

Fuel poverty is an important issue for Hungary from several perspectives – it is estimated that this problem causes approximately 1500-2500 deaths in Hungary – but the topic was not widely researched in the past. On the initiative of the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) of Central European University (CEU), and the Hungarian NGO Védegylet (Protect the Future), in cooperation with the Environmental Justice Working Group of Védegylet (Védegylet Környezeti Igazságosság Munkacsoport) some noteworthy research results have now been released.

Energy-efficient retrofit of Hungary's biggest residential building completed

How can the energy efficiency of big panel buildings be improved and what are the economic, financial and social implications of such major retrofits? - These questions are at the core of the EU-funded Staccato research project, to which CEU's Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) is contributing alongside several partner institutions from different European countries.

3CSEP at Copenhagen summit

Amidst political decision-makers and leading scientist from around the world, 3CSEP director Diana Ürge-Vorsatz and two junior researchers are present at the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen. On December 11, 2009, Prof. Ürge-Vorsatz contributed to "Construction Counts for Climate", a COP15 side event on low carbon policies for buildings and construction - a sector offering huge potential for carbon mitigation, given that almost 40 percent of all energy is consumed in buildings.

Energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia

On November 27, 2009, 3CSEP researcher Sergio Tirado Herrero took part along with Marco A. Gandarillas Gonzáles, Executive Director of the Center of Documentation and Information Bolivia, in an open talk about energy poverty in Hungary and Bolivia. The discussion followed the viewing of a short film about the life of Bolivian rural communities located in the proximities of oil and gas wells. It revolved around the differences in the meaning of energy poverty in both countries and the role of energy suppliers and governmental institutions.

Second volume of Energy Efficiency special issue published

In early November 2009, the second volume of "Energy Efficiency: How Far Does It Get Us In Controlling Climate Change?", the Energy Efficiency journal's Special Issue edited by 3CSEP director Diana Ürge-Vorsatz together with Bert Metz, has come out of press.