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New publication: Incumbency in the UK heat sector and implications for the transformation towards low-carbon heating
Network News 18 May 2018
This paper is the last of three working papers published by the Heat, Incumbency and Transformations (HIT) team. The project investigated issues surrounding the decarbonisation of heating, which is increasingly seen as a priority by energy policy makers. It considers the move towards low carbon heating from the perspective of incumbency, a topic which has received only limited focus.
It is increasingly recognised that transforming energy systems is a fundamentally social problem requiring social science insights that attend to the societal dimensions of energy system change. There are now significant demands for evidence about what publics think, know, say and do in relation to energy systems and their governance.
Last week, Jamie Spiers made the case here for hydrogen networks as a way to decarbonise heat. University of Exeter's Richard Lowes argues such networks are still highly experimental, and the focus of the heat sector should instead be on proven means to cut carbon emissions, such as district heating.