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DCC shortlisted for prestigious Net Zero award

The DCC in partnership with UrbanTide, an Edinburgh-based software company, has been shortlisted in the ‘Software, Systems and Service’ category for the edie Net Zero Awards 2023.

The ‘uZero’ project which has been shortlisted is part of the UK Research Institute’s Modernising Energy Data Applications (MEDApps) programme.

Tackling fuel poverty with uZero

Technology innovators UrbanTide have developed new Artificial Intelligence software ‘uZero’, which uses anonymised smart meter system data in combination with additional datasets to tackle one of the most pressing issues facing Britain today – fuel poverty.

The information gathered by ‘uZero’ can be used by local authorities, housing associations, energy suppliers and social care providers to target solutions such as retrofitting homes or leveraging government support grants where they are most needed, helping to protect the most vulnerable households in Britain.


“I am delighted that this amazing project has been recognised. At the DCC we believe this is a great example of how improving data access can help accelerate the nation’s efforts to reduce the impact of fuel poverty and ultimately reach Net Zero. Businesses such as UrbanTide are harnessing and utilising the power of anonymised smart meter system data via the DCC network, in a secure, fair and equitable way and combining it with other data, for the purposes of public good.”

Matt James

Head of Strategic Innovation at DCC

You can read more about the impact of uZero on tackling the fuel poverty crisis in this blog by our Head of Strategic Innovation, Matt James.

Download the summary report: uZero - Tackling the Growing Fuel Poverty Crisis with AI.

Find out more about uZero on the Urban Tide website.

More on edie Net Zero Awards

The brand new edie Net Zero Awards have been created to recognise and reward the individuals and organisations that are spearheading the transition towards a net zero carbon economy. The ceremony will take place in London on 15 November 2023

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