Energy efficiency in a materials world?


A new blog from the CIEMAP team on the Climate Policy Journal site looks at how we calculate the true cost of materials for carbon budgets.

The team argue that the conventional way of assessing a country’s carbon footprint – by measuring emissions within the country’s borders – neglects the emissions created abroad in making and transporting goods for consumption within that country.

In addition to this, the general energy demand focus tends to be on how much energy a car or house, for example, uses. The CIEMAP team argue that the greenhouse gases ’embodied’ in the creation, transportation and disposal of materials used in products should also be part of its carbon footprint.

A detailed analysis of emissions across the EU supply chain was carried out by the researchers.


Read the full Climate Strategies blog

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