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Low Carbon Camden

The London Borough of Camden required a comprehensive study of their carbon footprint and a range of emissions reduction scenarios until 2050. Using our menu of technology measures, Carbon Descent explored various CO2 reduction targets. By manipulating the mix of energy types and transport provision, we illustrated what changes were needed to meet the 2050 targets. The cost/benefit analysis for each scenario provided a sound framework from which Camden could agree a way forward. The concluding plan outlined clear actions and associated financial implications.

In this case, it emerged that the key technology for successfully meeting any of the targets was a borough-wide heating network using CHP. Since no single technology can meet these targets alone, energy efficiency measures, renewables and sustainable transport all have a smaller but vital role to play.

We discovered that a 60% reduction target could be met. Higher targets would either require greater levels of behavioural change or changes outside the borough. We therefore recommended setting up an energy services company (ESCo) to build the district heating and CHP infrastructure and to continue promoting reduced car use and alternative transport. We also advised the council to take a lead in improving the efficiency of buildings and its fleet. The report was published and is available to the public on the London Borough of Camden’s website. Following this work Carbon Descent has been commissioned to undertake further feasibility studies in relation to the recommendations.

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