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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