We need to change the way energy is used. The UK has a legal duty to become a Net Zero society by 2050 and reducing the amount of energy that we need to live our lives is a key part of any strategy to reach Net Zero. It also helps the UK to meet short- and long-term climate ambitions to keep within our promise to limit global heating to 1.5C.
The UK has been a leader on delivering climate change legislation but has been slow to act on energy demand reduction and the associated co-benefits. Debates on the pace and nature of policy choices on decarbonisation show how complex the transition to Net Zero is. However, is also provides an opportunity to change the way energy is used across industry, businesses, transport and homes.
In this report, we show that embracing energy demand reduction is a necessary part of the UK’s Net Zero strategy. We also set out how the Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC) will advance thinking on how to deliver the change needed in energy demand in buildings, transport and industry, while improving people’s lives and economic wellbeing.