Energy Transition Research

Energy Transition Research at OIES focuses on the trends shaping energy systems, transformations in behaviours and business models, and the implications of shifting from the existing hydrocarbon-dominated energy economy to a system in which renewables, low-carbon energy sources and abated use of hydrocarbons will play a much greater role.

Energy Transition Research identifies and analyses the key themes shaping the energy system and combines and coordinates transition research themes from across all other OIES Research Programmes.


Energy Transition Research provides an integrative framework in which key questions can be answered, including:

  • How will the current energy crisis impact the energy transition?
  • What role will oil and gas play in the energy transition?
  • Which technologies will be critical for the energy transition?
  • How can these technologies be financed and scaled up?
  • How should governments incentivize investments in low carbon technologies?
  • What role should consumers be playing in the energy transition and how can their behaviors best be shaped?
  • How can renewables best be integrated into the power sector / energy system?
  • How should energy systems develop in the energy transition?
  • What are the potential geopolitical consequences of the energy transition?
  • How should private sector energy companies adapt their strategies to the energy transition?

If you would like any information on OIES Energy Transition Research please contact Bassam Fattouh.

Latest Publications from the Energy Transition Research

  • OIES Podcast – The EU Hydrogen and Gas Decarbonisation Package

    David Ledesma discusses with Alex Barnes the European Commission’s decision to make hydrogen a key part of its decarbonisation strategy. The 2022 REPowerEU Strategy set a target of 20MT consumption of renewable hydrogen by 2030. The Commission is keen to promote a single European market in hydrogen, similar to the current one for natural gas. […]

    By: OIES

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  • China’s hydrogen development: A tale of three cities

    China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of hydrogen. The country has adopted a domestic strategy that targets significant growth in hydrogen consumption and production. Given the importance of hydrogen in the low-carbon energy transition, it is critical to understand China’s hydrogen policies and their implementation, as well as the extent to which these […]

    By: Arabella Miller-Wang

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  • OIES Podcast – Evolving Lessons from India’s Rooftop Solar Initiative

    In this podcast David Ledesma talks to Mohua Mukherjee about her recent paper titled “India’s Ongoing Solar Rooftop Journey from 2017-2022”.  The discussion points out the striking contrast in terms of progress in India’s utility scale solar performance, which is far ahead of expectations, and its rooftop solar performance which is far behind the initial […]

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