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Net Zero Societal Change Analysis - CA0604

The ‘Net Zero Societal Change Analysis’ project was commissioned by BEIS and Defra to better understand the possible impact of different societal and behavioural changes in achieving the 2050 emissions target. Energy Systems Catapult delivered the project in four parts:
• Behavioural mapping: identified a long list of behaviours affecting energy and carbon emissions, before prioritising these according to greatest potential impact. The priority behaviours were also assessed in terms of their potential distributional impacts, relevant policy barriers/enablers, and the near-term impact of COVID-19.
• Modelling and analysis: tested these priority behaviours using a whole energy system model, to assess their contribution to reducing (or increasing) energy system costs on the transition to net zero. For each behaviour modelled, system cost was assessed against a Reference Case net zero pathway.
• Alternative modelling methodologies: a scoping study to identify potential improvements in the representation of behaviour in energy models going forward.
• International review: assessed cross cutting interventions around public engagement and participation to understand whether lessons could be drawn for the UK.

The detailed annexes alongside the main synthesis report provide detail on the approaches and insights for each of these, with the main report providing a high-level overview of the work.

The research was commissioned jointly by BEIS and Defra (funded by BEIS, at a total value of £122,740, and managed by Defra) therefore it can be found on other government websites.
The overall objectives of the project were to:
1. Identify the societal changes that are most relevant to net zero.
2. Identify and assess how different levels of societal and behavioural change can (positively and negatively) affect the feasibility and cost of transitioning to net zero.
3. Identify how and where cross-cutting interventions could be implemented to support the societal and behavioural changes necessary for net zero.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Net Zero Societal Change Analysis Summary Report   (1182k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 1 Work package 1 Behavioural Mapping   (2001k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 2 Work package 2 International Review   (1419k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 3 Work package 3 Alternative Modelling Methodologies   (1203k)
• ANX - Annex : Annex 4 Work pacakge 4 Behaviour Change Analysis   (1808k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2020

To: 2021

Cost: £122,740
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Energy Systems Catapult Services Ltd
Climate Change              
Environmental policy              
Social Research