Eastern New Energy (ENE)

We're an Academic Partner for Eastern New Energy (ENE), a three-year regional support programme focusing on low/zero carbon actions and local economic development across the counties of Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Rutland and parts of Lincolnshire and Essex.

Three logos: Eastern New Energy, European Union European Regional Development Fund, HM Government

The programme is designed to help local enterprises (private and social), and other organisations across the region, to understand and remove the barriers that we all face in rapidly decarbonising our communities, buildings, transport, and lives. Results gained from the East of England Region will inform plans to remove similar barriers across the UK.

Led by the University of East London alongside 19 delivery partners, which includes Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the £10.2m project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It started in 2020 and will last for three years.

The project team at ARU aims to bring expertise in technology change and innovation – with specific expertise in construction, digital technology, electric vehicle uptake and sustainability. Our principal role in the project is to support our partners in identifying and removing the system-level barriers that prevent shifts to low-carbon business models and practices.

ARU’s Faculty of Business and Law is supported on this project by the Faculty of Science and Engineering, specifically the School of Engineering and Built Environment, to provide expertise in construction technologies, low carbon and modern methods of construction.

Greener micro homes

The Eastern New Energy project is made up of smaller ‘spin out projects’ able to provide direct support for specific ventures in the region and add academic expertise to the process. In one of these projects ARU is leading on a collaborative research project with The New Meaning Foundation, It Takes a City and Embrace Cambridge to support decarbonising their small homes projects across the city.

Read more about the micro homes project

ARU Project Team biographies

Chris Ivory – Primary investigator

Knowledge and experience

  • Research experience – qualitative, workshops, interviews, questionnaire design.
  • Theory application – social and material entanglement, Actor-network theory, technology systems, cultural analysis, technology analysis, complex projects, project management, critical and ‘political’ analysis of change projects.
  • Practical (engagement) helping organisations better exploit technology through workshop engagement. I have designed and used benefits realisation tools.
  • Business model analysis – application of business model canvas.

Research interests

  • Adoption of electric vehicles.
  • Smart Cities.
  • Low-carbon products and services.

Fred Sherratt – Co-investigator

Knowledge and experience

  • Construction, social housing, social enterprises, construction workers, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Modern Methods of Construction, new technologies, Smart Cities and Construction 4.0.

Research expertise

  • Interviews, workshops, focus groups, thematic analysis and critical discourse analysis.

David Flude – Co-investigator

Knowledge and experience

  • Barriers to collaboration, focusing upon culture.
  • Benefits realisation programs.
  • Corporate and organisational strategy.
  • Leadership and change, organisational behaviour.
  • Policy development and policing.

Research expertise

  • Ethnography, Interviews, observations, thematic analysis, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, content analysis.

Paul Bourgeois – Industrial Lead

Knowledge and experience

  • Built environment (domestic) – new build and retrofit including Passivhaus standard and materials.
  • Renewable energy technologies – installation and technical.
  • Energy efficiency measures and energy conservation strategies – installation and technical.
  • Energy infrastructure – local, regional and national (current state and gap analysis).
  • Business efficiency and resilience - energy, water, waste and carbon diagnostics.
  • Project identification, conceptualisation, design and management including EU and domestic funding.

Research interests

  • Electrification of the domestic sector including existing and new build, and transportation/e-mobility.
  • National whole system data assessment and utilisation.