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Lifecycle energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction options

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January 2019 to January 2020

Project team

Diana Ivanova

John Barrett

This project looks at the relationship between the energy used to manufacture, market and dispose of a product and the energy the product uses during its operational life products.

Lifecycle energy demand and GHG emission reduction options

The majority of global GHG emissions and energy use can be directly and indirectly linked to household purchases. Changes in consumption patterns (e.g. transport modal shifts, energy use by households, choice of longer-lasting products, dietary shifts) to low-carbon alternatives present a great potential for emission reductions.

This project is reviewing the literature on consumption-based mitigation options across various end-use sectors, including food, housing, transport, and other consumption. Here we aim to compile prior findings in a meta-review, thus, providing a richer evidence base to inform changes in consumption practices, policies and infrastructure.

What we are asking

  • What is the mitigation potential of household-level consumption-based options within mobility, housing and food sectors, when considering GHG emissions along the whole lifecycle?
  • What factors may explain differences in mitigation potential (carbon savings) associated with each consumption-based option across studies and contexts?

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Project activities

South Bank, London. Photo by Steph Ferguson

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