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Research project: Community Based Initiatives in Energy Saving - Dormant

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ESRC - Energy and Communities Collaborative Venture - The role of community-based initiatives in energy saving 'A 4 year study to assess the impact of community greening groups on a roll out program insulation upgrades in privately owned housing'

The aims of this collaborative study between researchers of:

  • Faculty of Social Science and Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton
  • School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster
  • School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading
  • Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter

Examine whether community action on climate change and energy security issues is likely to achieve significant energy savings through encouraging behaviour change and the establishment of new social practices. Examine the household energy savings from practically achievable improvements in the thermal performance of existing dwellings, taking into account both direct and indirect rebound effects.

IR housing wall
IR housing wall

Explore the conditions required for successful community intervention on energy security and climate change issues, across a range of initiatives and contexts. Inform policy on climate change and energy security, including schemes to upgrade the UK housing stock motivated by government carbon reduction targets as well as third sector relationship strategies. Relevant bodies include government departments such as DEFRA, DECC, CLG and the Office of the Third Sector as well as related agencies such as the Energy Saving Trust.

Nov 2012 hhevent phone ownership
Nov 2012 hhevent phone ownership

Inform the work of community initiatives and third sector organisations working towards transition to a low carbon economy and society. Relevant initiatives include the Transition Towns movement, greening groups, environmental charity and campaign groups.

Further information on the community project can be found at:

Green thinking card
Green thinking card

Related research groups

Energy and Climate Change
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