The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) developed a series of online tools to engage the public in choices the UK has to make the move to a secure, low-carbon energy system over the period to 2050. Involve supported Ipsos MORI to engage community leaders in a dialogue around these choices. In a related piece of work, we partnered with Think Global to produce a toolkit for community leaders and teachers to support them in leading a debate about the UK’s energy pathways.
The UK is committed to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 80% of 1990s emissions by the year 2050. This is a legally-binding target and will involve dramatic changes to the way the country, as individuals, communities, business and institutions demand and supply energy.
In order to promote public engagement with these issues DECC and its stakeholders have developed three related tools around the 2050 Pathways Calculator, which are intended as an accessible and interactive way to enable both experts and the public to understand the scale of the challenge, explore and test their own preferred solutions and translate these into action in their own lives and communities. The related tools are: an in-depth Excel spreadsheet, the online 2050 Calculator and the ‘My 2050′ game. The three tools provide different ways into deliberating the trade-offs required for the emission reduction, making them ideal for using with audiences with different levels of knowledge and time.
DECC, with support from Ipsos MORI, organised three deliberative dialogue workshops aimed at engaging councillors, elected representatives, business representatives and the third sector in a climate change debate. Involve were part of the moderators team. The workshops were a test bed for dialogues around the 2050 tools and informed the development of the toolkits. The workshops (held in Ulverston, London and Nottingham) were run based on Sciencewise-ERC‘s Principles on Public Dialogue.
Involve, in partnership with Ipsos MORI and Think Global, supported DECC in developing a set of resources to provide community leaders, teachers and others to lead their own debate about climate change and carbon reduction.
2. The toolkit to support community leaders to engage with the public around the 2050 carbon reduction target is forthcoming.