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Three Element Energy studies contribute to the CCC’s Net-Zero Report

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Three recent studies by Element Energy provided supporting evidence for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to underpin their recent Net-Zero report, informing the UK Government on the UK’s first net-zero target and the reassessment of the UK’s long-term emissions targets.

Data and evidence resulting from the analyses from these studies were utilised by the CCC to update its assessment of the scope to reduce emissions from sources so far considered particularly difficult or expensive to abate. The analysis of feasibility and cost of abatement of these sources was crucial to assess the amount of emissions that would require offsetting through greenhouse gas removal options for the UK to reach net-zero emissions.

The Assessment of Options to Reduce Emissions from Fossil Fuel Production and Fugitive Emissions study was led by Element Energy in collaboration with Imperial Consultants and is one of the first detailed assessments of emissions reduction from fossil fuel production and fugitive emissions in the UK.

The Extension to Fuel Switching Engagement Study was conducted by Element Energy to assess decarbonisation options for industrial processes and activities. A previous study by Element Energy and Jacobs for BEIS investigated the potential of fuel switching for a portion of industrial heating applications. This new study for the CCC extends the scope of this analysis to the entirety of emissions from fuel combustion in industry.

The Analysis on abating direct emissions from ‘hard-to-decarbonise’ homes study was led by Element Energy, with support from UCL’s Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. This work analysed the most cost-effective and appropriate decarbonisation options for the various segments of the existing domestic building stock, with a particular focus on identifying solutions for buildings that are traditionally considered hard-to-decarbonise, such as heritage homes, those off the gas grid and homes with space constraints. Our report will be published as supporting research in the near future.

All findings from the CCC’s assessment and the CCC’s recommendations informing the Government on a Net-Zero target are included in the Net-Zero Technical Report and the CCC’s Net-Zero Advice Report respectively.

For more information on Element Energy’s studies please contact Emrah Durusut (CCUS and Industrial Decarbonisation team lead) or Sam Foster (Built Environment team lead).

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