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.
We are focussing on:
Comparing policy decision-making and implementation for energy efficiency in buildings in England and Scotland. Diverging policy frameworks create a ‘natural experiment’ to generate insights about institution building for low energy social and technical infrastructures;
Analysing different local authority business structures for investing in the energy performance of buildings and low carbon heat. Our typology of business structures will explore the principles behind adoption of different strategies;
Testing the robustness of the typology against emerging developments in the selected City Deal regions.
Read our blog Taking stock of the role for local action on clean energy in the UK’s decarbonisation efforts on the CREDS website.
Social innovation in the shadow of policy failure: Energy efficiency in self-build housing
Matt Lane, Dan van der Horst, Margaret Tingey, Connor Smith and Janette Webb ( 2020 )
Taking stock of the role for local action on clean energy in the UK’s decarbonisation efforts
Margaret Tingey and Janette Webb ( 2019 )
What can energy research bring to social science? Reflections on 5 years of Energy Research & Social Science and beyond
Bregje Van Veelen, Annabel Pinker, Margaret Tingey, Gerald Taylor Aiken and Will Eadson ( 2019 )
Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK
Nick Eyre and Gavin Killip (eds) ( 2019 )
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