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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.

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