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|Decarbonising homes: consumer attitudes towards energy efficiency and green heating in the UK||4.22 MB|
Domestic energy use accounts for more than 21 per cent of UK greenhouse gas emissions each year. Whilst over the past decade UK greenhouse gas emissions have fallen substantially, this has happened mainly without consumers noticing. However, the next steps towards net zero will mean much bigger changes for consumers.
To reach net zero by 2050, people will need to both reduce demand for heat, by making homes more energy efficient, and decarbonise it, by switching to renewable heating systems, such as electric heat pumps and solar thermal panels.
This report examines consumer attitudes about energy efficiency and green heating, exploring barriers to adoption as well as possible incentives that could be tested and implemented to achieve a zero-carbon Britain.