By Lucy Yu

“There is a saying that you should ‘never waste a crisis’. But the danger is that the Government will waste this one, failing to seize the moment and capitalise on the pause created by the pandemic.”


Introduction

Centre for Net Zero is building an agent-based model (ABM) for the energy transition to identify faster, fairer and more affordable paths to net zero. The first release of our simulation will inform a consolidated research paper to be published in November 2021. Ahead of this paper’s release, we are publishing a series of interim research findings to share our learnings as we leverage our access to Octopus Energy data, and other public datasets and research, to develop the simulation in full.

These research findings provide a unique insight into current domestic energy behaviours and help improve understandings of expected…


By Steve Lorimer

Introduction

Centre for Net Zero is building the world’s most advanced, openly accessible agent-based model (ABM) of the energy transition, which will be launched in Autumn 2021. It will enable us to understand how people adopt and use low carbon technologies — like heat pumps and electric vehicles — both now and in the future. We’re able to build this simulation on the basis of the increasing availability of data on the adoption of these technologies. …


Introduction

Centre for Net Zero is building an agent-based model (ABM) for the energy transition to identify faster, fairer and more affordable paths to net zero. The first release of our simulation will inform a consolidated research paper to be published in Autumn 2021. Ahead of this paper’s release, we are publishing a series of interim research findings to share our learnings as we leverage our access to Octopus Energy data, and other public datasets and research, to develop the simulation in full.

These research findings provide a unique insight into current domestic energy behaviours and help improve understandings of expected…


The costs of moving from boilers to heat pumps

Introduction

Centre for Net Zero is building an agent-based model (ABM) for the energy transition to identify faster, fairer and more affordable paths to net zero. The first release of our simulation will inform a consolidated research paper to be published in Autumn 2021. Ahead of this paper’s release, we are publishing a series of interim research findings to share our learnings as we leverage our access to Octopus Energy data, and other public datasets and research, and develop the simulation in full.

These research findings provide a unique insight into current domestic energy behaviours and help improve understandings of expected…


Developing an Agent Based Model for the energy transition: analysis of real world heating behaviour from the world’s largest living lab

As many of you know, we are an open research lab, helping to realise faster, fairer and more affordable paths to net zero. Our association with Octopus Energy means we can draw upon the experience of serving more than two million UK households, informing detailed simulations of the energy transition that are based on real world data.

We’re currently building an agent-based model for the decarbonisation of heat and transport. Households are critical actors within those transitions and an important model input is a data-driven understanding of how different households heat their homes today. …


By Lucy Yu

Front cover of AR6 Climate Change 2021:
The Physical Science Basis

‘It’s code red for humanity… and the alarm bells are deafening’. These were the words of UN secretary-general António Guterres that made headlines following the release of the IPCC’s climate report this time last week.

There is no doubt that the report is a sobering read. For the first time, the organisation stated its ‘unequivocal’ conclusion that human activities have warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land and warned of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding over the coming years. The key temperature limit of 1.5C …


Hi, I’m Debbie and I’m excited to be joining the team at Centre for Net Zero as an Executive Assistant.

The bulk of my expertise was developed working for large corporations. Whilst these varied organisations equipped me with interesting and informative insights into different business sectors, working in these environments also had its moments of frustration. I often found them to be large, clunky and wasteful — in terms of their approach to time, energy and processes — leaving huge opportunities untapped.

Ultimately, many of these major organisations still operate with a twentieth century model and are struggling to adapt…


Hello world!

My name is Steve and I’ve joined Centre for Net Zero to help the team source, secure and manage our partnerships across tech, academia, industry, NGOs, think-tanks, the media and anyone else that can help us! I’m inspired by the words of Booker T. Washington, African-American leader in the late 19th century: ‘if you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else’. Without building collaboration, the change we need won’t happen.

I was attracted to CNZ because of the people, the vision, the partners that we can attract and the impact that we can make. …


Hi! I’m Tom. I recently joined Centre for Net Zero as a research data engineer.

For my PhD in Chemistry I set out to make cheaper components for solar panels with the ambition of turning it into a business. But like most PhDs, it didn’t go to plan. I left academia and for over six years I worked as a data scientist in fintech startups. I learnt a lot about the challenges of wrangling with real-world data and building maintainable software and robust machine learning models. It was fun and intellectually challenging. …

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