Open data

CSE's research work commonly involves the analysis, interpretation and presentation of large quantities of non-sensitive data generated by the government, energy companies and other agencies. In the spirit of openness and transparency, we're pleased to make some of this data available here

Open data

We like data, and we like to share ...

This is why, with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we're creating the Open Data Collaboration Initiative to make CSE’s key research and other valuable sustainable energy data available for researchers, policy-makers, community activists and all those working in the field of sustainable energy.

We hope this will lead to:

  • better evidence to underpin policy to tackle climate change and target fuel poverty;
  • stronger innovation and enterprise in developing and delivering sustainable energy solutions;
  • a new basis for collaboration; and
  • empowerment of communities and local organisations to use data to develop appropriate responses to local circumstances.

Opening up privately-held data to wider analysis has yet to happen in the field of sustainable energy in the UK, in spite of the fundamental and ‘data-heavy’ challenges we face in cutting carbon emissions and tackling fuel poverty. Much of the data required to develop and deliver effective low carbon strategies and affordable warmth plans is either completely unavailable, limited to a few institutions serving their own agendas or commercial interests, or available in ways which are completely inadequate for analytical purposes.

We need your help to ensure we identify, capture and publish information and/or data that will help us develop and implement effective energy policy. Please email your suggestions to us at

Our intention is to expand this area of our website over the next few months to capture the data we intend to publish.

In the meantime, this page contains links to several different sources of data that could be useful for researchers, policy-makers and others working in the field of sustainable energy

1)  Display Energy Certificate data
2)  Lower Super Output Area data
3)  Fuel poverty data (including 'hard-to-treat' data)
4)  Energy Company Obligation (CSCo) data in a usable format
5)  Energy consumption data (domestic)
6)  Heating and housing census data (at smallest output area level)
7)  GB household emissions dataset
8)  GB postcodes off the mains gas grid

The HEAT tool. The Housing Energy and Fuel Poverty Assessment Tool (HEAT) helps you to understand the current profile of fuel poverty at a regional and national level, and also to get a picture of the opportunities to retrofit the housing stock with energy efficiency measures.