In 2018, global energy demand grew by 2.3% and investment in the energy sector totalled USD1.85 trillion. Record levels of CO2 emissions in 2018 and increasing awareness of the short- and long-term impacts of climate change are stimulating research and investment into energy efficiency measures and renewable energy sources.
The UK energy sector made up GBP67.2 billion (3.2%) of UK GDP in 2018 and supports 620,000 jobs across the country. UK electricity generation from renewable sources has tripled in the past five years, while fossil fuel capacity has fallen by a third. In the third quarter of 2019, renewable sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels for the first time in UK history, a huge step forward towards the UK’s ambitious goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
FieldworkHub has supported a number of projects relating to energy conservation and renewables including rapid recruitment for an online bulletin board about renewable energy, interviews with consumers about smart home energy devices, and interviews with B2B customers about gas purchases.
We also have experience in other areas of the energy and utilities sector: for example, we have arranged in-depth interviews with managers responsible for streetworks carried out by utility companies and have arranged focus groups with gas central heating engineers across the UK.