Energy and Climate Change Division

Sustainable development sits at the core of the activities of the Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD). The Division conducts world-changing research and provides training for future generations of engineers, scientists, and decision-​makers to support societal needs and as such contribute to the University of Southampton’s vision of changing the world for the better. ECCD is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and comprises the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) and the Coastal and Climate Research Group. Our work supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with fundamental and applied research across our six of the following research themes.


Energy and Sustainability MSc student wins best paper award at the People and Buildings Conference for Masters Students

Yu Gao, an Energy and Sustainability MSc student supervised by Prof. Patrick James wins the best paper award at the 2023 People and Buildings Conference for Masters Students

ECCD host the International Conference on Energy and Cities (ICEC 2023)

ECCD organised and run the 4th International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2023) held in Centenary Building situated in the Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton from 12 – 14 September 2023.

Kenya in Darkness Whilst Kitonyoni Blessed with Solar Power

The Kitonyoni solar PV mini grid installed in 2012 by ECCD praised by the minaastream media for providing unaffected electricity supply during Kenya’s longest blackout in recent years.

ECCD present at the International Conference on Sustainable Energy, SET 2023 in Nottingham, UK

ECCD presented 8 papers at the 20th International Conference on Sustainable Energy (SET 2023), Nottingham, UK, with Professor Bahaj also presenting a keynote address

ECCD welcome Year 10 students for a one-week Civil Engineering work experience

ECCD welcomed five year 10 students from local, Southampton-based secondary schools for a one-week work placement from the 17th – 21st July.

ECCD host Board Members of Crédit Agricole Normandie

ECCD hosted a delegation of Board Members of Crédit Agricole Normandie with representatives from Southampton City Council, Equans and Exxon talking to the delegation about climate, energy and innovation.

Findings from the first heating season

ECCD release initial preliminary findings from the LATENT field trial, showing that heat deferral in UK households can work.

ECCD present preliminary LATENT field trial findings

Having recently concluded the first heating season trial period for the LATENT field trial the research team have bee presenting preliminary findings at a number of events.

Prof. AbuBakr Bahaj delivers keynote address at the 11th International Conference on Smart Grids (icSMARTGRID 2023)

Professor Bahaj gives keynote address on “Opportunities for smarting up energy access through optimised mini grid networks” at the 11th International Conference on Smart Grids in Paris.

ECCD host Pioneering Places Workshop

ECCD host a hybrid workshop with local stakeholders about Southampton’s non-technical barriers on the pathway to net zero as part of the Pioneering Places project.


ECCD Seminar Series

ECCD virtual seminar runs every Wednesday lunchtime from 13:30-14:00 on Microsoft Teams with a 20 minute talk from a member of ECCD or an invited speaker.

Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG)

Energy and Climate Change Division (ECCD)

Contact ECCD

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2051

Boldrewood Campus
University of Southampton
S016 7QF