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CESI Energy Policy Briefing: Reducing CO2 emissions of our homes – what happens next?

In our latest Energy Policy Briefing, CESI Co-Investigator and Building Energy Demand Expert, Dr David Jenkins, suggests how carbon emissions from UK homes can be reduced to allow us to meet 2050 targets,

Dr David Jenkins, CESI Co-Investigator and Associate Professor at Heriot-Watt University, has authored a CESI energy policy briefing on the steps needed to continue to reduce our CO2 emissions from our homes, and meet our 2050 carbon reduction targets.

Energy demand is an important part of CESI’s research into the value of an integrated energy system for the UK. In this aspect, we are looking at how moving to low carbon forms of energy will affect the demand for energy in buildings, industry, services and transport. Dr Jenkins’ research is attempting to understand more fully the role of built environment energy demand within an integrated energy system.

In this energy policy briefing, Dr Jenkins highlights past measures used to reduced CO2 emissions associated with our homes, such as the installation of condensing boilers and insulation. He discusses whether what has been done is enough to place the UK on a pathway for future carbon targets, or whether we are heading for a carbon reduction plateau.

Dr Jenkins explains what further steps should be taken to turn this plateau into a springboard, ensuring that the UK’s CO2 emissions continue to reduce to allow us to meet our 2050 targets.

Find out more

Download the CESI Energy Policy Briefing: 20190426 CESI energy-policy-briefing_CO2-housing (PDF - 259 KB)

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published on: 2 May 2019