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Title: The development and application of a stakeholder led approach for both estimating and exploring the potential for greenhouse gas emission mitigation on the government office regional scale
Author: Carney, Sebastian Thomas Joseph
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2006
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There is growing awareness of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the UK and the Government has endorsed a reduction in CO2 emissions of 60% by 2050. It is evident that the Government intends to pursue these reductions, at least in part, through the regions. This thesis is divided into two parts. The first part focuses on the development and application of a new methodology for estimating greenhouse gas emissions on the Government Office regional scale. The second part of the thesis examines the stakeholder use of a method to mitigate emissions from the energy component of the inventory. This new methodological and software based approach is presented and used to explore energy futures. Part 1: The current national emissions inventory is not disaggregated at a regional or local level. There is also no widely agreed methodology for estimating greenhouse gas emissions on a regional scale. The first part of the thesis sets out why there is a need to estimate greenhouse gas emissions on a regional scale. In addition, it discusses what mechanisms and approaches can be used to estimate emissions on this basis, as well as how these emissions can be represented in an emissions inventory. This review, together with an understanding of the methods used in the national inventory, presented in an accompanying appendix, culminates in a proposed new methodology for estimating emissions on a regional scale. This part concludes by applying this methodology to the North West region to form the most detailed inventory of greenhouse gas emissions currently available on this scale. This shows that the region emitted 72MtC02 Eqv in 2000. . Part 2: Part 2 of the thesis begins by providing a review of scenarios with an energy focus and discusses the need for a new approach to exploring energy futures on a regional level. It presents a new mechanism, "a scenario tool", via which these energy futures can be explored. Finally, the thesis documents and discusses the application of this mechanism with 36 North West stakeholders to form a large set of separate energy futures. These energy futures equated to reductions in emissions of between 37% & 87%. The results of which were used, together with a "backcasting" workshop, to form four energy-orientated emissions scenarios for the North West region. This part of the thesis concludes by providing a review of the scenario process and the scenario tool, based on stakeholder feedback. Finally, the thesis concludes by reviewing the research process, its outputs and how the work may be taken forward.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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