Established in 1992, the Cleaner Production Promotion Unit is a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research group based in UCC’s School of Engineering and an affiliate centre of the university’s Environmental Research Institute. The group led by Dr Niall Dunphy conducts engaged research focused on the theme of society, sustainability and energy. The group has a successful track record in obtaining competitive research funding from EU (e.g., H2020, EMFF) and National agencies (e.g., EPA, SEAI). Its research portfolio includes projects linked to one or more of the following categories:
- Energy citizenship and democracy, e.g., co-designing energy futures with communities, social mobilisation around energy infrastructure, etc.
- Consumption practices and behaviors, e.g, mitigating household energy poverty, understanding the lived experience of energy, etc.
- Public engagement and education (EPE) associated with: carbon capture and storage, marine renewable energy, etc.
- Sustainability of the built environment e.g., occupant invovment in renovation design, business model development for energy efficient buildings, etc.
- Energy transitions, e.g., climate action plans, environmental polciy integration, enabling energy communities, etc.
A full list of current and recent research projects can be found here.