I was attracted to this role as I am very interested in climate change and renewable energy issues and Carly McLachlan’s PhD project on community energy caught my eye. I chose the University of Manchester because of the reputation of Tyndall Centre Manchester on climate change research.
The overall objective of my project is to address the question of what role that community plays in the decarbonisation in the UK. I will identify and analyse the drivers for community energy project development (including policy, finance, influence from others, personal concern, etc.) and the main barriers. At the end of my research, I will discuss and recommend how additional opportunities for the UK to fulfil its carbon emissions and energy targets through community energy projects could be harnessed.
I undertake a lot of reading of academic research, government updates and related news on a day to day basis, writing up literature reviews and finding the gaps to fill in in community energy research. I also take part in conferences which are related to my research project.
In the future I would like to work for organisations such as DECC, Energy Saving Trust and Business in the Community. Through my work, I hope to find out the additional opportunities for the UK to fulfil its carbon emissions and energy targets through community energy projects could be harnessed.