Reaching rural properties

Think tank: Localis

Author(s): Zayn Qureshi

July 5, 2022

This report from UK think tank Localis looks at the role of off-grid heating in the transition to Net Zero.

Localis was commissioned by Liquid Gas UK to undertake a rigorous place-based analysis to investigate energy provision and decarbonisation in hard-to-reach and off-grid properties in rural areas. The intention in our report has been to devise a suite of localist policy recommendations that take in the entire ambit of the challenge of meeting Net Zero energy efficiency targets in hard-to reach, off-grid rural areas and properties in ways that align with:

  • the decarbonisation promise of ‘clean growth’ and;
  • the beneficial social impact of ‘good growth’ for local economic health and overall place prosperity and wellbeing.

In making the case for place, Localis has sought to first identify the scale of the issue and define which technologies are most appropriate for different areas and properties in the short, medium and long term. In exploring the policy landscape, Localis has also sought to identify those policy levers at national, local and industry level that could facilitate the work being undertaken in the most cost-effective manner.