Political feasibility and readiness to act

This project explores how to increase the political feasibility of energy demand reduction measures, and ensure they are considered across different areas of policymaking. We focus on the role of citizens and end-users in making decisions about energy demand, as well as develop well-being indicators, identify policy co-benefits, and explore different ways to formulate energy demand reduction policies, all with a goal of helping policy actors to support such measures. Working with the policy co-production panel, the project will identify feasible future policy pathways, improve understanding of “political readiness” and the legitimacy of energy demand reduction, and develop a policy-maker toolkit on theories of change in energy demand. We draw on a wide range of methods and approaches to do this.

Research questions:

  • How can energy demand reduction become more politically feasible within UK policymaking?
  • Can the involvement of citizens in the governance of net zero transitions support deeper reductions in energy demand, and how?
  • How can policy makers be supported in prioritising energy demand reduction measures, for instance, through indicators for wellbeing and identification of co-benefits?
  • How can policies be formulated that reach beyond and better consolidate the benefits of improvements in energy efficiency?