The distribution of household CO2 emissions in Great Britain

Katy Hargreaves, Ian Preston, Vicki White and Joshua Thumim

An exploration of the likely impact of UK Government energy and climate change policies on domestic energy consumers.

This paper updates the results presented in an interim report by the same research team and complements the analysis in their main report, giving a more detailed look at the distribution of carbon dioxide emissions of households in Great Britain. It explores the distribution of household emissions to include those from the consumption of energy in the home and personal travel by private vehicle, public transport and aviation.

The paper:

  • demonstrates the extent to which households’ annual domestic CO2 emissions are influenced by a range of socio-demographic factors;
  • shows that emissions are strongly correlated with income and that in general lower income, more vulnerable households tend to have lower than average CO2 emissions.


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