Long-term impacts of COVID-19 on energy use in transport and buildings
- Type of publication:Policy brief
- Date of publication:Spring 2021
- Author/s:Charlie Wilson, Bas van Ruijven
- Related Project:NAVIGATE - Next generation of AdVanced InteGrated Assessment modelling to support climaTE policy making
Charlie Wilson and Bas van Ruijven have published a policy brief summarising their findings on the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on energy use in transport and buildings.
Lockdown measures and other COVID-19 restrictions have impacted both transport-related and building-related energy use in an observable and evidenced way; however, the long-term effects remain uncertain.
Monitoring the enduring impacts of COVID-19 over the next 12-18 months should therefore help reduce salient uncertainties and establish a robust evidence base for scenario analysis. The EU H2020-funded ‘NAVIGATE’ project is developing state-of-the-art energy-demand modelling techniques which will be applied to post-COVID-19 futures once this evidence base is established.