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Existing stock will emit nearly 100% of emissions in 2050

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 04-Feb-09 03:28:43 PM

Casey Cole has posted an interesting analysis of the task needed to meet the Government's recently announced target to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 on his blog, Carbon Limited, which concludes that:

nearly 100% of the emissions from the domestic sector in 2050 come from stock that already exists today.

Furthermore, it shows that if you want to achieve an 80% reduction in emissions from this sector, you have to turn every house built after 1917 into a zero carbon home.

Climate Act requires all homes built after 1917 to go zero carbon « carbon limited

His calculations take account of current demolition rates.

It puts into perspective today's report from the National Audit Office which estimates that average Warmfront grants over the next three years (beginning April 2008) will amount to £1,800 per home.

The money available for that exercise - which will only help around 533,000 households - totals nearly a billion quid....

...and those grants are only for reducing fuel poverty.

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