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Achieving net zero goals in residential buildings

Ludovica GazzeLudovica Gazze

Ludovica Gazze is an environmental and health economist researching policy-relevant issues, such as the consequences of pollution exposure and policies to curb emissions and to encourage resource conservation. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, an invited researcher at JPAL for the K-CAI and North America programs, and an IZA Research Fellow.

Abstract

This paper discusses recent evidence of a large, unrealised energy savings potential in the UK residential sector. It discusses authoritative policy reviews critiquing the Net Zero Strategy and the Heat and Buildings Strategy as well as the economic literature on the energy-efficiency gap. These sources point to four main potential explanations for the lack of progress towards net zero in residential buildings in the UK: 1) historical and current ŋuntargeted subsidies to energy prices (e.g., energy price guarantee); 2) poor scheme implementation and lack of workforce training; 3) regulatory barriers such as planning restrictions and lack of policy coordination across stakeholders; 4) split incentives. To overcome these barriers, the paper recommends better access to data to foster evidence-based policy-making and support for innovative, local-authority-led projects.

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Energy-efficiency gapenergy price guaranteeplanning restrictionspolicy coordinationscheme implementationresidential buildings
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Published on: 28 September 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: Supplementary issue 4
Article ID: 035
Pages:35 - 56
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Gazze (2023), ' Achieving net zero goals in residential buildings ', Journal of the British Academy, 11(Supplementary issue 4): 035 https://doi.org/10.5871/jba/011s4.035

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