Developing solutions to fuel and transport poverty challenges

Themes

The aim of this project is to address the Delivery Models for Accelerating Net Zero Transition challenge by enabling equitable transitions to low carbon heat and mobility that address fuel and transport poverty, this will be achieved through the identification, co-design and implementation of innovative local energy solutions.

The project is structured in three main multidisciplinary and collaborative work packages.

The first work package will build from previous research (for example, the CREDS FAIR project [18]), the objective will be to review, update and analyse fuel and transport poverty definitions, under a context of persistently high energy prices and the need to transition to net zero. This will be done through scoping reviews, comparative policy assessment, household economic analysis and primary/secondary data analysis, including data produced by other Equity and EDRC projects.

The second work package will focus on the co-designs community-based solutions to fuel and transport poverty including extensive stakeholder engagement, policy analysis and assessment, simulation and refinement of solutions, linking and contributing to modelling efforts and analysis in collaboration with other Equity and EDRC projects.

The third work package aims to understand and enable heat-as-a-service to maximise equity. It will include a review of policy and trials in this research area, co-designing systems and business models, and energy system modelling to assess optimal planning and operation of local energy systems, including identifying optimal tariff levels that allow sustainable and equitable outcomes.

Research questions:

  • How can we better define and understand fuel and transport poverty, to ensure that vulnerable people are not excluded?
  • What policy responses and interventions could help tackle fuel and transport poverty while enabling a just transition to net zero?
  • How can we co-design and develop innovative solutions, such as Heat-as-a-service, to address these challenges?