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EPSRC Reference: EP/C510410/1
Title: A Systematic Approach To Estimation Of Life Cycle Carbon Inventory, Carbon Footprints and Embodied Carbon
Principal Investigator: Azapagic, Professor A
Other Investigators:
Elghali, Dr L Clift, Professor R Cowell, Dr S
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Brick Development Association British Cement Association Building Research Establishment (BRE)
Concrete Society Hydro Polymers Ltd Leicester Energy Efficiency
Marks & Spencer plc R M C Group Plc RAPRA Technology Ltd
Scottish Energy Environment Foundation Steel Construction Institute Tata Steel
Unilever
Department: Centre for Environmental Strategy
Organisation: University of Surrey
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 13 June 2005 Ends: 31 July 2006 Value (£): 1,050,354
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Construction Ops & Management Energy Efficiency
Manufact. Business Strategy
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Food and Drink
Manufacturing Energy
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A successful transition to a low carbon economy will depend on a number of technological, economic, environmental and social factors. However, before we start this process, it is important to understand the full environmental and economic implications of any step changes that this transition may require. In this project we propose to concentrate on developing a methodology and decision-support tools that would help us understand and evaluate environmental and economic consequences of the changes required for decarbonisation of the economy. In particular, we propose to develop a methodology for a systematic life-cycle estimation of carbon inventories in different industrial sectors, including carbon footprints and embodied carbon . The project will also investigate the options for, and the associated costs of, carbon mitigation measures by considering standard economic parameters such as investment and operating costs and value added, together with uncertainty and risk where appropriate.. The intention is that the methodology and the tools will be usable for investigation of future scenarios, involving completely new technologies and products. The tools will also help companies to respond to the activities such as carbon management and emissions trading. The industrial sectors to be considered in the project include Food, Chemicals, Plastics, Construction and Biomass.
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