Low-carbon Housing in the UK: a Just Transition

Housing in Scotland

7th July 2022

13:00-14:30 (UK) Thursday 7th July, Online Panel and Discussion

An estimated 6.5 million UK households are experiencing fuel poverty, which is exacerbated by rapidly rising energy prices and poor quality housing. Scaling up decarbonisation of existing housing through deep retrofit has been proposed by researchers and policy makers as a way to address these issues. This approach raises significant challenges about how this is done in a way that is just and to ensure that vulnerable households are not left behind.

Our panelists have been researching this challenge and will draw on their work to discuss options and identify priorities. Lousie Sunderland of the Regulatory Assistance Project is working with The Existing Home Alliance to develop a regulatory framework for decarbonising owner-occupied homes in Scotland (pdf). Mike Childs is leading Friends of the Earth’s activities on fuel poverty, which have included mapping the issue and providing neighood-level information on what people can do about energy locally. Professor Jo Patterson leads the Low Carbon Built Environment project at the Welsh School of Architecture.

The webinar features presentations from our panelists followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and share their thoughts.

Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy & Research
Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland
For more information, see FoE’s map UK fuel poverty and climate action
See Mike’s slides from the webinar (pdf)

Louise Sunderland, Senior Advisor at the Regulatory Assistance Project
For more information, see Owning the Future by Catrin Maby and Louise Sunderland
See Louise’s slides from the webinar (pdf)

Professor Jo Patterson, Welsh School of Architecture
Lead of the Low Carbon Built Environment project
See Jo’s slides from the webinar (pdf)