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18 October, 2021

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Our report, The role of energy demand reduction in achieving net-zero in the UK, provides the most comprehensive assessment to date of the vital part reducing energy demand can play in meeting the UK’s net-zero climate target. We show that demand for energy in the UK can be reduced by 52% by 2050, whilst enabling improvements in quality of life.

Researchers devised four scenarios – plausible futures based on likely social and technological changes. We could ignore; steer; significantly shift or completely transform our approach to energy demand. Such a comprehensive analysis of the potential for lower energy service demands and higher energy efficiency has never been done at the national level, and offers a new way of thinking about the net-zero challenge.

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