Citizens’ Panel on getting to net zero in the home

Citizens' Panel

The Citizens’ Panel will see 25 people in the Birmingham area deliberate on how to bring home energy use in line with the need to tackle climate change. The deadline for registering interest in taking part has closed. The Panel is in the process of deliberating.

Introduction

We’re facilitating a Citizens’ Panel for Lancaster University and the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on how to bring home energy use in line with the need to tackle climate change.

The CCC advises the UK government so it’s important that this research hears from people directly, ensuring the CCC can provide government with evidence-based advice.

The starting point for the discussion will be the question:

What needs to happen to bring home energy use in line with the need to tackle climate change?’

The panel will bring together 25 citizens across the Birmingham area to understand what government and people can do to take action on climate change in their homes.

The sessions will take place between April and June 2022, with five online evening sessions (26 April, 3 May, 17 May, 24 May and 7 June) and two full day in-person sessions (Saturday, 7 May; and Saturday, 21 May).

Participants don’t need to have special skills or knowledge. All they need is to be willing to share their views and opinions and listen to those of other people.

To be eligible to take part you just need to have received an invitation letter from us, be available on the dates above, be 18 years of age or older, and own the home you currently live in (either outright or with a mortgage). We sent out 10,000 letters to households across the Birmingham area with the help of the Sortition Foundation.

In recognition of the time commitment required to take part in the panel, Lancaster University will give each participant £225 in high street shopping vouchers if all sessions are attended.

You can register to take part in the panel either by visiting the link or ringing the freephone number in the letter. The deadline to register was 4 April. The Panel is in the process of deliberating.