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LZCGT impact on GHG reductions in Scotland's new domestic buildings

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Neil Burford, Dr Vincent Onyango



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Elsevier, 2019.

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One key means of reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by heating, lighting and ventilating buildings is the use of more efficient low and zero-carbon generating technologies (LZCGTs). In recognition of this, Section 72 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, requires Local Development Plans (LDPs) to include policies to ensure ‘that all new buildings avoid a specified and rising proportion of the projected greenhouse gas emissions from their use, calculated on the basis of the approved design and plans for the specific development, through the installation and operation of LZCGT’s.’ This study utilises data collected from 5 Scottish Local Authorities who were early adopters of this policy and examines LZCGT uptake in a randomly selected sample of new domestic buildings and the impact the use of these technologies have on CO2 emission reduction. Quantitative data extracted from Standard Assessment Procedure reports submitted for Building Warrant was used to assess energy demand, energy consumption and CO2 emissions and identify trends in LZCGT uptake in the regions studied. This paper provides a number of key insights and recommendations that may foster greater and more impactful use of LZCGTs in Scotland.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Burford NK, Wright FE, Onyango V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Energy Policy

Year: 2019

Volume: 129

Pages: 34-52

Print publication date: 01/06/2019

Online publication date: 07/02/2019

Acceptance date: 01/02/2019

Date deposited: 21/03/2019

ISSN (print): 0301-4215

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6777

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2019.02.006


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