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Home truths: Have your say about energy

Have your say on Bournemouth energy! A new poll found that almost half of the respondents from Dorset aren’t aware that gas boilers are one of the main ways households contribute to climate change.

The Home Truths panel revealed that 47 per cent of people surveyed were not aware of the environmental impact of gas boilers, which are responsible for almost a fifth (17 per cent) of CO2 emissions.

Home Truths will give you a £5 voucher for taking a free survey about energy. People can sign up by visiting www.hometruths.org and filling out a consent form.

Matt Lipson, Consumer Insight Business Lead at Energy Systems Catapult, said: “To successfully meet the challenge of moving to a net zero economy, the UK energy market must be designed to deliver the experiences that people want and need. Our intention is that the insight uncovered by our Home Truths panel will inform how the energy sector adapts, delivering innovations that work for consumers, industry and government.

“Anyone with an interest in playing an active role in shaping the future of UK energy can sign up to our regular surveys and be rewarded for their time – we hope that people will join us.”

ESC recently produced a report commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change called Living Carbon Free2, looking at how the UK can meet its new net zero targets. The report highlighted what actions may need to be taken by government, businesses and individuals to achieve this target, looking specifically at heat, transport, electricity use, aviation, diet and waste.

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Energy Systems Catapult was set up to accelerate the transformation of the UK’s energy system and ensure UK businesses and consumers capture the opportunities of clean growth. The Catapult is an independent, not-for-profit centre of excellence that bridges the gap between industry, government, academia and research. We take a whole-systems view of the energy sector, helping us to identify and address innovation priorities and market barriers, in order to decarbonise the energy system at the lowest cost.

They have more than 170+ staff based in Birmingham and Derby with a variety of technical, commercial and policy backgrounds. We work with innovators from companies of all sizes to develop, test and scale their ideas. We also collaborate with industry, academia and Government to overcome the systemic barriers of the current energy market to help unleash the potential of new products, services and value chains required to achieve the UK’s clean growth ambitions as set out in the Industrial Strategy.

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