New Changeworks research has revealed new approaches to the green transition that will be more effective, especially for those in rural communities.

These new strategies include different ownership approaches, such as community asset or third-party ownership, and alternative purchase journeys including payment plans and collective purchasing to take advantage of economies of scale and spread the upfront costs of retrofit and heating upgrades over time.

Changeworks carried out in-depth engagement with stakeholders involved in Scotland’s rural energy transition. This consultation revealed a widespread acknowledgement of the need to adopt new models to drive the transition to low carbon heat. Although each new model identified presents some challenges, there is an expectation that, with clear direction from local and national government, the four new models presented by the research project will prove valuable and assist with a more efficient and accessible journey to low carbon heat.

The current journey to installing low carbon heating – upgrading individual systems – is fragmented and can be challenging for homeowners to navigate. The pace and scale of this approach does not align with Scotland’s climate change targets or timescales, and there is a need for models that support wide-scale decarbonisation in a replicable, scalable and fair manner. Changeworks’ research project has identified four new models to drive this transition that are more efficient than current techniques and could assist with scalable rural decarbonisation.

Changeworks recently delivered a research project focused on a just transition to low carbon heat in off-gas areas in rural Scotland. Funded by the European Climate Foundation, the project aimed to identify, and advocate for, targeted investment in novel approaches to heat decarbonisation that could be implemented at scale in rural areas.

Changeworks has produced a Stakeholder Voice report summarising stakeholders’ views, concerns and preferences regarding the four new models, and outlining their priorities for ensuring a fair transition to low carbon heat in rural off-gas areas of Scotland. 

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