Positive low energy futures
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.
Covid-19 energy use
CREDS is responding to the need for new knowledge as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the effect on energy use in homes and on travel, and the contribution of energy demand research in the economic recovery. We’re using smart meter data and surveys to assess energy use in homes before, during and after COVID. For travel, an extensive quantitative survey looks at how travel behaviour and patterns have changed. We aim to influence the economic recovery package by asking policy decision-makers what energy demand information they require, and will apply our collective existing knowledge and new evidence to suggest policy solutions to move the UK in the direction of an equitable transition to net zero.
Decarbonising local transport – help for local authorities
CREDS supported recent work with the Local Government Association (LGA) and DecarboN8 to help local councils in England plan their transport decarbonisation strategies. Seven briefing notes written for the LGA, on subjects from bus use to parking policies to setting achievable carbon goals, are designed to provide guidance, examples and recommendations on the best ways to reach net zero carbon.
Our response to the Clean Growth Strategy
Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK is our first major cross-theme research report, and is a response to the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.
The report proposes actions to strengthen and deliver the commitments in the Strategy, and seeks to answer the question: “what is the role for energy demand change in the transition to an energy system consistent with a net-zero carbon UK?”
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