Story Maps are a web-based application for sharing maps alongside narrative text and other multimedia content. Follow this link to see the new story map that is currently being developed for the PIRI project.

PIRI Story Map

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) and Nesta investigated homeowners’ willingness to pay for heat pumps. Results from a sample of  1,801 UK homeowners (who currently heat their homes with a gas boiler) showed approximately 25% might be willing to pay the full current cost of heat pumps (noting that not all would necessarily complete the purchase in real life). The researchers summarised that although the potential for early adopters to pay gave cause for optimism, cost remained a major barrier to widespread  adoption of heat pumps which need to be in reach and appealing to those less willing to pay a premium.

Read more about the research here:

A new Innovate UK report “Accelerating Net Zero Delivery – Unlocking the benefits of climate action in UK city-regions” explores the economic and social value of locally tailored approaches. The report compares the benefits of place-specific and place-agnostic approaches and shows better outcomes when places tailor their net zero delivery to the needs and opportunities of the area. The report highlights relatively higher per capita transport emission in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough compared to the other city-regions considered and that participants in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough felt policies still prioritised cars over active travel or public transport.

Read the report here:

Energy Systems Catapult invite Peterborough City Council residents to vote on zero carbon. – an online consultation tool for residents to vote on which type of low carbon heating they may want in their homes – is being launched in Peterborough. 

The results will inform the Local Area Energy Plan for Peterborough, which is targeting Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030.

The vote is open for four weeks until 28th February.

Vote here:

Projects from Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PfER), a UKRI Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme, aim to help move towards the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by utilising the potential of smart, integrated local energy systems which use the latest advances in electric vehicles, renewable generation, batteries and digital data technology. These systems have the potential to bring cleaner, cheaper, more efficient energy to our communities and to build local jobs and prosperity.

Read more about what PIRI and other projects are doing in this recent publication by UKRI