Assessing the adoption of sustainable heating technologies in the United Kingdom – A case study of socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods of Nottingham city


The transition to sustainable heating technologies is crucial to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate the impacts of climate change and enable a sustainable and low-carbon society. However, a successful transition will require transformative, and large-scale household behavioural changes, and their acceptance and adoption of new technologies. Through mixed data collected at household level (n = 70) in three of the 10 poorest areas of the UK city of Nottingham (Aspley, Clifton, and St Ann's) we deepen the understanding of people's engagement with their current heating systems, their heating preferences, and views on adopting sustainable heating systems in the future. We find that despite the price increase in fossil fuel-based heating and people's reduction in heating use to reduce costs, getting them to move away from their current systems is very challenging, as most people are unwilling (41.13%) or sceptical (23.01%) about it as these systems are familiar, and generally perceived as more affordable, cost effective and efficient. Moreover, most people (71.43%) are unaware of the government's heating transition plans, but they believe that the adoption of sustainable heating systems should be optional to allow them to evaluate the pros and cons of the systems, and to choose the one that is better for them, that they can afford. Prompting a shift will need more than the common type of financial incentive. There must be first the provision of non-financial incentives to reduce some of the sociotechnical and perceptual barriers to adoption and motivate people to accept and engage in heat decarbonisation as part of a moral responsibility to the environment, and towards current and future generations.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics, History and International Relations
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences
Funding Information: This research was conducted as part of the project: VTTESS- Variable-Temperature Thermochemical Energy Storage System and Heat Networks for Decarbonising the Buildings Sector. This project is generously supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences R
Additional Information: Copyright © 2024 Published by Elsevier Ltd. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable heating,Low-carbon society,Behavioural changes,Technology acceptance,Technology adaptation,Climate change
Publication ISSN: 0160-791X
Data Access Statement: All data included in this paper will be made available upon reasonable request.
Last Modified: 20 May 2024 07:45
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2024 11:54
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2024-06
Published Online Date: 2024-03-15
Accepted Date: 2024-03-09
Authors: Salite, Daniela (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-8204-408X)
Miao, Ying (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9405-6387)
Turner, Ed (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4658-7321)
Feng, Yuan (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8218-3378)



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