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Reference Number NIA_NGN-334
Title Improving Carbon Monoxide Awareness
Status Started
Energy Categories FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL(Oil and Gas, Other oil and gas) 50%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Demographics) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 50%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2022
End Date 31 March 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £130,649
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Network (NGN) North East (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.000%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA_NGN-334
Objectives Two separate approaches for solving this problem were presented to Northern Gas Networks (NGN), which has led to a collaborative research project between Frazer­Nash and IGEM. The Frazer-Nash approach will utilise data analytics and behavioural science expertise to fully understand the risks associated with CO and the communication preferences of diverse groups of consumers, and to guide targeted local level intervention strategies. IGEM has a wealth experience and knowledge in this sector and bring a great understanding of the requirements for compiling an information repository, utilising different research approaches, and engaging with key stakeholders. The project team will collaborate closely to conduct desktop and stakeholder research in order to present a deep understanding of the sources and risks of CO, historical campaigns that have been conducted to raise awareness, and perform gap analysis to create a roadmap for future strategies that NGN can use to improve public awareness of the dangers of CO. Data analysis will also be used to quantify and produce maps of these risks for the network area, providing visualisation of the locations most in need of targeted intervention. Measurement Quality Statement: The methodology used in this project will be subject to our suppliers own ISO 9001 certified quality assurance regime and the quality assurance applied to each stage of data gathering and processing will be documented in the suppliers quality plan. The source data and processed results will be clearly referenced and documented in the relevant deliverables and made available for review.Data Quality Statement: The project will be delivered under the NIA framework in line with OFGEM, ENA and NGN internal policy. Data produced as part of this project will be subject to quality assurance to ensure that the information produced with each deliverable is accurate to the best of our knowledge and sources of information are appropriately documented. All data, deliverables and project outputs will be stored on our suppliers project drive to ensure backup and version management. Relevant project documentation and reports will also be made available on the ENA Smarter Networks Portal. The aim of this project is to provide a roadmap for increasing CO awareness by identifying gaps in the current understanding and areas for improvement in current practices. Initially this will involve research to identify the sources of CO and previously completed work in this area, and to understand the current scale of the problem. A gap analysis will then be undertaken to create a roadmap and provide recommendations for the best way to close these knowledge gaps, through future strategies, interventions, and further innovation projects. The roadmap will take into consideration the various ways in which different demographics and local areas may respond to the options suggested, allowing for a tailored approach, based on the individual circumstances faced by customers. At the end of this project, network partners will have an increased understanding of issues surrounding CO awareness and any knowledge gaps. Funding licensees will have a roadmap of suggested future strategies, which will help guide investment, when considering schemes for improving customer awareness of the dangers and risks associated with CO, taking into account that members of the public receive information more effectively in different ways.Stage 1 Exploring the problem using desktop and stakeholder research. Identifying and collating necessary datasets. TRL start: TRL2, and TRL end: TRL2Stage 2 Data analysis to understand the factors that most significantly contribute and interact to create the risks associated with CO. TRL Start: TRL 2, and TRL end: TRL 3.Stage 3 Gap analysis and creation of a roadmap, including recommendations for next steps. TRL Start: TRL 3, and TRL end: TRL 4. Objectives:Stage 1 – Exploring the problem: Develop a greater understanding of: • the risks and dangers associated with CO• the work that has been done to improve awareness• enforcement of CO awarenessIdentify risk factors required to quantify risk and collate the associated datasets.Measure:Document the findings from the desktop study, collating information on work and campaigning undertaken in this area, and the current state of CO awareness across the UK and different sources of CO. Undertake an evaluation of the external stakeholder workshop which aims to capture further knowledge of previous work and campaigning and the factors that influence risk.Acquire and collate relevant datasets identified during the desktop study and external stakeholder workshop, to feed stage 2.Stage 2 - Data Analysis and Risk Assessment:Develop a method for quantifying risk using common risk factors and understand relationships between them. Generate maps of the network for identifying areas where customers are viewed to be at increased risk of CO.Measure:Identify statistical methods and data analytics used to quantify risk using publicly available data sources for CO incidents, hospitalisations, deaths, CO awareness, and CO alarm installations.Create a list of areas where targeted CO awareness campaigns would see greatest impact.Stage 3 – Gap analysis and RoadmapIdentify gaps in knowledge base and determine avenues for future research.Create roadmap indicating potential interventions, including short-term and longer-term strategiesMeasure:Create a final report outlining the new understanding and identified risk factors, and where the gaps remain in relation to achieving networks targeted understanding.Produce a roadmap of actionable interventions that seek to close the gaps and improve public CO awareness. Propose further research that will evaluate the efficacy of National and Regional, low-cost, high-impact interventions used successfully across the social sciences
Abstract The project will provide a roadmap for increasing CO awareness by identifying gaps in the current understanding and areas for improvement in current practices. Initially this will involve research to identify the sources of CO and previously completed work in this area, and to understand the current scale of the problem. A gap analysis will then be undertaken to create a roadmap and provide recommendations for the best way to close these knowledge gaps, through future strategies, interventions, and further innovation projects. The roadmap will take into consideration the various ways in which different demographics and local areas may respond to the options suggested, allowing for a tailored approach, based on the individual circumstances faced by customers.
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