There are other significant impacts associated with providing housing, as each new resident will add his own lifestyle impacts to the area – for example, emissions from goods and services as well as mobility. These effects were not included in this study.
The study looks at how 15 different policy scenarios will effect the carbon dioxide emissions associated with housing between 2003 and 2026. Given a “business as usual” scenario in line with policies in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy (RSS), emissions from housing will increase overall by 8% by 2026.
The study shows how REAP can provide the necessary evidence to inform better policy options towards reducing energy use, reducing emissions, and for using renewable energy sources.