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Going backwards? A temporal perspective of what constitutes improvement in domestic heating transitions

Shirani, Fiona, Thomas, Gareth ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4959-2337, Pidgeon, Nick ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8991-0398 and Henwood, Karen ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4631-5468 2024. Going backwards? A temporal perspective of what constitutes improvement in domestic heating transitions. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 20 (1) , 2347075. 10.1080/15487733.2024.2347075

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Abstract

To meet UK government targets and support the transition to net zero, the energy system will need to decarbonize. In particular, buildings, as one of the largest sources of UK emissions, will need to transition to clean heat. This will involve changes to the material infrastructure of homes, which may have implications for people’s everyday lives and relationships, with public acceptability critical to processes of energy-system transformation. Alongside decarbonization, UK energy-system transformation has been positioned as potentially able to deliver significant benefits to households. In this article, we present qualitative data from deliberative workshops with members of the public concerning perceptions of heat decarbonization. We explore how low-carbon heating is not necessarily seen as an improvement where changes to heating systems may result in perceived compromises to comfort and convenience. We contend that a temporally sensitive approach, which explores past energy-system transitions and experiences of current heating systems as well as anticipated future technologies, can offer important insights into the transition to low-carbon heating.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Psychology
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN: 1548-7733
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 May 2024
Date of Acceptance: 20 April 2024
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 13:33
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/169298

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