UK Energy Research Centre
September 2021- August 2023
The SEHT project will identify and shape feasible and evidence-based policy driven pathways which can successfully balance the conflicting technical, economic and socio-political dimensions of the residential heat transition in the UK. It will do so by strengthening understanding of the economic and societal impacts and consequences, and the associated opportunities, challenges and trade-offs of different actions to decarbonise heat.
The project will apply a novel and innovative blend of economic and energy systems modelling and scenario development to the heat decarbonisation challenge. With linked policy analyses, we will generate critical evidence into how heat decarbonisation actions will affect lives and livelihoods in the UK, particularly through impacts on prices, jobs and earnings, GDP and the competitiveness of different sectors, regions and supply chains in the wider economy. The project will also address the skills and training needs associated with the heat transition.
The project will provide important insights into how strategic public and private investments, alongside existing and new policy instruments, could support an effective and fair transition to low-carbon heating, all of which will be critical to the UK meeting its 2035 and 2050 climate ambitions.
Crucially, the project will provide much needed evidence to decision makers in various Government departments including HM Treasury, who will have to underwrite key policy decisions related to heat decarbonisation in the coming years.
- Technology pathways, efficiency gains and price implications of decarbonising residential heat in the UK
- Unlocking the benefits of Heat Pumps: The Role of Electricity and Gas Prices