This research is examining how devolved, regional and local authorities are responding differently to goals of low energy, low carbon development and building retrofit.

We are comparing the resulting effectiveness of design and delivery of energy efficiency policy focusing on buildings. It is widely accepted that much higher levels of decentralised investment and user engagement will be required to deliver ambitious policy objectives. Whilst it has been argued that more localised decision-making could both improve local delivery mechanisms and increase political legitimacy and citizen engagement, political and learning processes are insufficiently understood.

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The project involves Dr Dan van der Horst (GeoSciences, Edinburgh), Professor Jan Webb and Mags Tingey. It is part of the Policy and Governance theme of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions.


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Multi-level Governance and Energy Demand