The delivery of energy demand reductions must result in a more affordable, clean and more equitable low energy system. Urgent action is required to better understand and tackle issues of fuel and transport poverty, so that different types of people in different places can fully access, engage and benefit from the energy transition.

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Delivering an affordable, clean and more equitable energy system

The delivery of energy demand reductions must result in a cleaner, more affordable and equitable low carbon energy system.

This is necessary for a transition that is not only technically but also economically feasible and socially acceptable. The design and delivery of energy demand solutions need to consider equity and fairness, so that a transition to Net Zero can provide an opportunity to improve everyone’s quality of life. It is vital to ensure that for example people who are vulnerable, have limited financial resources or face systematic disadvantage are not excluded in a transition to a low energy future.

The Equity theme delivers insights on different energy demand and governance solutions, and how these may directly and indirectly impact different individuals, households, communities and regions. The theme cuts across different quality-of-life measures relating to, for example, health, job and employment quality, real incomes and the cost of living. It also examines how these interact with specific issues such as fuel and transport poverty, and the justice aspects of different energy demand reduction solutions.

The Equity theme engages with a wide range of people and organisations from policy, industry and NGOs to people who have lived experience of energy inequalities.

“As lead on the theme focussing on equity issues and real-world impact champion for the Centre, I believe our work can generate and bring important evidence to bear on shaping policies that reduce energy demand and realise sustainable futures that are more equitable, affordable and accessible for all.”