Realising Transition Pathways

About us

Realising Transition Pathways has been set up to extend the work of the Transitions Pathways project which was established in 2008. The project is funded by EPSRC and will be running for four years (2012 to 2016).

The consortium is managed by Professor Geoffrey Hammond at the University of Bath and Professor Peter Pearson at Cardiff University (Co-Leaders).

It includes research teams at the universities of Bath, Cardiff, East Anglia, Leeds, Loughborough, Strathclyde, Surrey, Imperial College London and University College London.

Transition Pathways

The consortium was formed to undertake historically-informed, forward-looking analysis of energy system transitions, bringing together quantitative and qualitative research methods in a novel project named Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy.

During Transition Pathways an innovative collaboration between engineers, social scientists and policy analysts developed and analysed a set of 'transition pathways' towards a UK low carbon electricity system.

The pathways aimed to meet the UK's target of an 80 per cent cut on 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The consortium developed and applied tools to analyse the technical feasibility, social acceptability and environmental and economic impacts of these pathways.

The research built a sound platform from which to address the challenge of realising a low carbon transition. 

An Energy Policy 'Special Section: Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy' (Volume 52, pages 1-840, January 2013) has been published which highlights the outcomes from the project and a platform for Realising Transition Pathways.

Realising Transition Pathways

The aim of the new project is to extend and enhance the work of the original Transition Pathways consortium and explore what needs to be done to achieve a transition that successfully addresses the energy policy 'trilemma'. i.e. the simultaneous delivery of low carbon, secure and affordable energy services.

The focus will be on electricity but in a context that includes the electrical provision of heat and transport, and key EU developments and policies.

The project will inform thinking and decision-making about technological and behavioural developments, and the roles of key energy system 'actors', governance arrangements and regulation in a low carbon transition.