Helping local authorities and businesses understand the zero carbon choices of local people

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Put people at the heart of the energy system

zerocarbon.vote is a pioneering online consultation tool designed to help local authorities and businesses put people at the heart of the energy system transformation.

More than 75% of local authorities in the UK have declared a climate emergency, with most targeting Net Zero before 2050.

Energy Systems Catapult helps local places build robust Net Zero strategies using Local Area Energy Planning – our whole systems modelling approach which is data-driven, collaborative and cost effective.

zerocarbon.vote allows local people to vote for their zero carbon preferences – such as heating and transport – informed by the Local Area Energy Plan.

In this way, Place-based Net Zero strategies combine cutting edge whole system modelling with local stakeholder insights to support informed investment decision-making with consumers at the heart.

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Low Carbon Heating consultation

The pioneering online consultation tool  – zerocarbon.vote – was used for the first time by residents of Bury, Greater Manchester, to vote on which type of low carbon heating they would prefer for their homes in the near future.

The consultation will inform Bury’s Local Area Energy Plan delivered by Energy Systems Catapult, which is part of the Greater Manchester Local Energy Market project which sets out ambitious plans to revolutionise the use and distribution of energy across region.

Like more than 3/4 of local authorities around the UK, Bury Council has declared a climate emergency and as part of its path to become carbon neutral by 2038 they have created a draft Bury Climate Action Strategy and a 2021 Bury Climate Action Plan.

Councillor Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the Environment and Climate Change at Bury Council said: “The next two decades are going to see big changes in the way we live as we embrace the move to carbon neutrality.

“For example, the way we heat our homes will change, fossil fuel-based gas will go to be replaced by heat pumps and further down the line hydrogen.

“To be successful in any transition we all need to work together, and it is, therefore, vital to understand how our residents want to see this change implemented. So, we need to hear from them.

“It is easy and quick to vote, taking less than five minutes, so I urge everyone to get involved. Change is coming, and by having your say now, residents can help inform where we will put our effort and funding in making Bury carbon neutral by 2038.”

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