Devolved energy policy and funding would serve decarbonisation best, 60 academics – including Dr Jeff Hardy – who form the EnergyRev research, will tell BEIS. The local approach to energy policy and funding continues to gather momentum. A consortium of 60 academics across 22 universities will urge BEIS to view a post-pandemic recovery package through a smart local energy systems lens, which they say could be an effective way to bring about the transition of the energy system to achieve net zero emissions and economic growth and wider local benefits. The EnergyRev research consortium, which includes Imperial College London University College London and Strathclyde University amongst its number, is preparing its submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee super inquiry on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth, due in early September. The consortium is involved in research around smart local energy systems and funded by UK Research and Innovation as part of the UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) programme. Dr Jeff Hardy, a senior research fellow at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, at Imperial College London, says that the EnergyRev consortium has analysed a number of position papers produced on bolstering the economic recovery through decarbonisation in its submission. He says that in analysing the dozens of position papers from a variety of different organisation four key themes emerged: Energy efficiency and retrofitting buildings; zero carbon heat; low carbon mobility, including active travel deployment; renewable electricity generation and network infrastructure. “Also, in these papers what was also apparent is how organisations were linking their proposals for economic recovery around wider benefits like health benefits from warmer homes,” he says.
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