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Future of Heat

Phase II – Deliberative Workshops

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Published: June 2020

Aims

In June 2019, following advice from the Committee on Climate Change, the UK Government set a legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the UK economy by 2050 (Scottish Government has set a target to reach net zero by 2045).   The same advice highlighted the need for public engagement on these issues given the low levels of awareness in the public on the need to move away from natural gas heating and alternative options.

As part of a wider mixed-method project exploring public views on a future transition to low-carbon heating, this study aimed to use deliberative workshops to gather in-depth evidence on public attitudes and perceptions to a heat transition.

Methods

Deliberative workshops are a form of facilitated group discussions that provide participants with the opportunity to consider an issue in depth, challenge each other’s opinions and develop their views to reach an informed position.  This approach was selected to allow researchers to facilitate discussion on the underlying drivers or values that might inform positions and perspectives.

We held four workshops in early 2020 with 134 participants across England, Scotland and Wales. Two of these workshops involved those living predominately in homes on the gas grid, and two with people living exclusively in homes off the gas grid and using high carbon heating technologies.

Additional workshop facilitators: Alison Beck, Imogen Martin, Joe Rose, Emily Sawdon