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Committee on climate change – public views on decarbonising heat (Sounding Board)

                               Sciencewise funded project 2016


During 2015, Sciencewise developed a Sounding Board model as a form of deliberative engagement with public participants in response to requests from policy makers throughout Government for processes which are quicker and cheaper than most previous public dialogue projects.

This sounding board

In February 2016, the Committee on Climate Change, with support from ScienceWise, undertook a public dialogue to improve understanding of views relating to low-carbon heating technologies.
A small sample of homeowners and renters, within urban, suburban or metropolitan areas, were engaged in an informed discussion about:

•    Potential for uptake of low-carbon heating technologies, particularly heat networks and heat pumps;
•    Barriers to uptake
•    Potential solutions to address barriers.

Many participants expressed interest in the potential of low-carbon technologies and welcomed the opportunity to learn more about them. They raised a number of practical considerations, such as reliability and maintenance costs, that would affect their decision-making in thinking about whether they would themselves want to install or use such technologies.



Project Status

Sounding Board Pilot report - publishd March 2016
Evaluation summary report - published March 2016

Delivered By

Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change and is the commissioning agent.

This project was delivered by Sciencewise as a trial of a deliberative video conference (Sounding Board).