Policy makers must harness the power of ordinary people if society is to transition to a low-carbon energy future, argues a leading technology historian.

New research by Johan Schot, Director of SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex, shows that viewing people as mere energy consumers means we risk losing a vast amount of potential in altering society and bringing about the substantive change we need to our existing energy system.

Published in the May edition of the journal Nature Energy, the research puts into sharp focus the crucial role different types of ‘user-groups’ play in helping shift society to a low-carbon system.

The paper – ‘The Roles of Users in Shaping Transitions to New Energy Systems’ – synthesises findings to outline five key types of users that interplay to create and change technology and society’s application of it.

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