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Social justice in the energy transition

CSE champions social inclusion and fairness in the UK’s energy transition.  

To reach net zero targets, our energy system needs to become smarter and more flexible to accommodate high volumes of renewable energy. But getting there requires significant and disruptive change.

This change, some of which is already underway, brings completely new ways to generate unfairness by radically altering the distribution of system costs and benefits between consumers.

An electric car being charged.
Some people clearly benefit from the energy transition. But what about those who do less well?

It threatens to leave behind large numbers of people as new complexities or costs exclude them from being able to participate meaningfully in our future energy system.

CSE has been leading the pioneering Smart & Fair programme since 2019 with funding from Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks and National Grid Electricity Distribution. Our ambition is that no one should be left behind by the changes in our energy system.

About the Smart & Fair programme

What capabilities do consumers need to participate in and benefit from the smart flexibility energy system?
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Smart & Fair resources

Phase 2 Report, Offer Profiling Tool and Phase 1 Report (includes draft guidelines for smart energy practitioners)