The Green Alliance think tank has warned that it will be impossible to reach net zero unless the UK Government takes steps to slash energy demand.
The report – which was written in partnership with the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS), a collection of 15 universities – said energy use needs to be reduced through better designs for products and services.
It also called for improved energy efficiency through better use of technology.
And it said demand needs to be flexed to better match renewable energy output.
Nick Eyre, Director of the CREDS, commented: “Politicians may worry about intervening in people’s lives, but there is ample evidence to show change is supported where current patterns of consumption are wasteful of energy, and have negative social and environmental impacts.”