The UK commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050 will require a systemic change in the way energy is converted and used.
Although most emphasis has been placed on actors who operate at national level (e.g. power generators and large businesses), there is a growing recognition that action at the local and community levels will be needed for climate mitigation and to embed resilience in the energy system (DECC,2009).
The UNLOC project aims to develop a robust understanding of evolving patterns of energy governance at the local and community levels.
It will demonstrate how grassroots (non-governmental, non-professional groups) organisations, local government initiatives and national-scale activities interact to create new political opportunities for active citizen engagement in both energy demand reduction and deployment of local energy generation.
The UNLOC project sits within UKERC’s Energy Demand theme and is led by researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Surrey.