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Energy 2050 Pathways: a public dialogue

Sciencewise co-funded project 2010 - 2011


The 2008 Climate Change Act committed the UK to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80% by 2050 with 1990 as baseline. This legally-binding emissions reduction target is unique and sets the UK on a highly ambitious decarbonisation path over the coming four decades.

Find out more about the background to Energy 2050 Pathways.

Impacts & Value

Energy 2050 Pathways dialogue feeds into development and launch of Global Calculator – April 2015

It is too early to assess the long-term policy impacts of the four strands of this engagement programme. However, the pathways chosen by participants have been reported to and have informed Government decision-making. The outcomes have formed a key part of the debate around the options for achieving the UK’s carbon targets and delivering the low carbon economy, and have been presented to senior decision-makers. In particular, the Youth Panel received significant exposure to Government Ministers and key advisers. DECC is interested in the results of which pathways, worlds and levers are chosen in the My2050 simulation, as well as the demographic, attitudinal and performance data collected from those who submitted pathways through the My2050 simulation. These data, plus the results of the deliberative dialogues, have provided useful evidence in support of the common themes identified via the 2050 Pathways Calculator2. The engagement programme has increased DECC’s understanding of public views on energy and climate change, and their levels of emotion and ownership over those views.

Latest Status Updates

Dialogue evaluation and MY2050 reports published in support of 4th Carbon budget - Dec 2011

DECC 2050 Youth Panel - 'What do you think?'

DECC launches My2050 game on 2050 energy pathways on 3 March

Young People demand urgent action on climate change - latest Dialogue Bulletin article

Read the latest blog posts from the Youth Panel

Research shows huge support for renewable energy among young people

Policy Maker View

“This report by DECC’s Youth Panel is a remarkable piece of work which gives a fresh perspective on our energy policies... I now invite other young people to get involved and continue the strong partnership between DECC and the next generation.”
Charles Hendry, Energy and climate change minister
“There’s no silver bullet solution to the UK’s energy future. This project is all about getting to grips with the hard choices and trade-offs which need to be made, choices which will affect our homes, communities and the way we travel. We can’t afford to leave it till tomorrow.”
Chris Huhne, Energy and Climate Change Secretary

Delivered by

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for all aspects of UK energy policy, and for tackling global climate change on behalf of the UK.

Delib are a digital democracy company, and will be developing the front end for the 2050 calculator.

Ipsos MORI
Ipsos MORI is a UK market research company and is delivering the deliberative dialogues.

Involve are specialists in public participation and will be developing a dialogue toolkit from this project.

OPM is an independent centre for the development of public services and provides consultancy, research and leadership development. OPM will be responsible for the evaluation of the project.