Exploring the potential of heat as a service in decarbonization: Evidence needs and research gaps

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Britton, J., Minas, A.M., Marques, C. and Pourmirza, Z. (2021). Exploring the potential of heat as a service in decarbonization: Evidence needs and research gaps. Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/15567249.2021.1873460
AuthorsBritton, J., Minas, A.M., Marques, C. and Pourmirza, Z.
Abstract

The need to accelerate the decarbonization of heating, as well as the rise of the ‘smart home’, mean that there is an increasing focus on the role of innovative consumer offerings in driving the shift to zero carbon domestic heating. In this context, Heat as a Service (HaaS) business models, which provide consumers with an agreed heating plan rather than simply paying for units of fuel, are receiving increased attention. This paper explores HaaS based on insights from facilitated group discussions with key stakeholders, and learning from HaaS trials, in the United Kingdom. Results identified evidence needs and research gaps related to: addressing issues of trust between consumers and suppliers, supportive policies, financing business models, and openness and interoperability of technology and data. Based on the findings, we propose policy and research recommendations to better understand the role of HaaS business models in decarbonization.

KeywordsFuel Technology; Energy Engineering and Power Technology; General Chemical Engineering
Year2021
JournalEnergy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy
PublisherInforma UK Limited
ISSN1556-7249
1556-7257
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/15567249.2021.1873460
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15567249.2021.1873460?journalCode=uesb20
Funder/ClientUK Energy Research Centre
Economic and Social Research Council
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Innovate UK
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Print20 Jan 2021
Online20 Jan 2021
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Feb 2021
Accepted20 Dec 2020
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Energy Sources Part B: Economics, Planning and Policy. Jess Britton, Angela Mae Minas, Ana Catarina Marques & Zoya Pourmirza (2021) Exploring the potential of heat as a service in decarbonization: Evidence needs and research gaps, Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy, DOI: 10.1080/15567249.2021.1873460. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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