Economy 2030

Tuesday 1 March 2022

Consuming carbon

What does the net zero transition mean for households?

So far, the UK’s Net Zero strategy has caused minimal visible upheaval to people’s day-to-day lives. During the 2020s, however, emissions will need to be cut in ways that require real change for households – from minimising flights and meat consumption, to switching to electric vehicles and heat pumps. These bring opportunities to improve our lives, but also threats to our living standards.

Are consumers ready for decarbonisation to get real? What changes will the decade ahead bring for their consumption of transport, heating, and food? What are the barriers facing households – especially those on low incomes – in this transition? And how can the benefits of decarbonisation, such as cleaner air and cheaper driving costs be spread fairly?

The Resolution Foundation is hosting an in-person and interactive webinar – as part of The Economy 2030 Inquiry, a joint project with the Centre for Economic Performance at the LSE, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation – to debate and answer these questions. Following a presentation of new research on what households will need to do to transition to a low carbon society, we will hear from leading experts on the challenges this will pose.

The event will be open for people to physically attend, alongside being broadcast via YouTube and the Resolution Foundation website. Viewers will be able to submit questions to the panel before and during the event via Slido.