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

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zoya PourmirzaORCiD



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he need to accelerate the decarbonization of heating, as well as the rise ofthe ‘smart home’, mean that there is an increasing focus on the role ofinnovative consumer offerings in driving the shift to zero carbon domesticheating. In this context, Heat as a Service (HaaS) business models, whichprovide consumers with an agreed heating plan rather than simply payingfor units of fuel, are receiving increased attention. This paper explores HaaSbased on insights from facilitated group discussions with key stakeholders,and learning from HaaS trials, in the United Kingdom. Results identifiedevidence needs and research gaps related to: addressing issues of trustbetween consumers and suppliers, supportive policies, financing businessmodels, and openness and interoperability of technology and data. Based onthe findings, we propose policy and research recommendations to betterunderstand the role of HaaS business models in decarbonization.

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Author(s): Britton J, Minas A, Marques A, Pourmirza Z

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy Sources, Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy

Year: 2021

Pages: epub ahead of print

Print publication date: 20/01/2021

Online publication date: 20/01/2021

Acceptance date: 06/01/2021

Date deposited: 02/02/2021

ISSN (print): 1556-7249

ISSN (electronic): 1556-7257

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/15567249.2021.1873460


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