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Offices and homes produce huge CO2 emissions

Published: 28th March 2006

ENERGY experts meet in Manchester on April 4, 2006 to discuss ways of cutting the massive amount of heat lost from offices, homes and other buildings.

Delegates from academia, industry and government are hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s Dalton Research Institute and ChamberLink to seek out new solutions to a problem which costs the economy billions and threatens the environment.

A staggering 50% of all energy in the UK is consumed by buildings which are the major producer of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide. Emissions from homes are comparable to those from cars, at 20 million tonnes of carbon in the UK alone.

Renewable solutions

Professor John Colligon, of MMU, said: “If you ask the man or woman in the street about cutting pollution, they will say cut down on car journeys, but glazing and insulation also holds the key to far greater cutbacks in CO2 emissions.

“Steep rises in energy prices combined with legislation and changes in planning rules are stimulating designers, builders and developers to adopt cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy measures for both new and refurbished buildings.”

Speakers and contributors on the day include:

Nick Jenkins, Joule Centre for Energy Research
Keith Boxer, Manchester Knowledge Capital
Paul Vaughan, Hannah UK
Sarah Davies, Green City Project
Filomena La Porta, Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, Energy Programme
Richard Pearce, Quantum Strategy and Technology Ltd
Ian Sibbick, Envirolink NW
Peter Bradhsaw, Manchester City FC
Tim Walmsley, Manchester Airport
Joe Flanagan, North West Development Agency
Simon Robinson, Oldham MBC

The meeting aims to develop new links between researchers, manufacturers and suppliers in the North West to encourage the appliance of science to energy loss.

Potential

Added Professor Colligon: “There has never been a better time to look at the potential for innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of our cities and buildings. Increased funding for sustainable energy research & development and innovation will also be available over the next few years from UK and EU sources.”

For more information, please contact Professor John Colligon, Dalton Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University 0161 247 1452 j.colligon@mmu.ac.uk or the MMU Press Office on 0161 247 3406.