Carbon emissions from domestic local energy generation

The Australian residential sector accounts for approximately 9.5 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and offers significant opportunities for mitigation to which households are largely oblivious. These opportunities include: an energy efficient building shell that minimises the need for artificial heating and cooling, energy efficient built-in appliances, plug-in appliances and low or zero emission local energy generation. This paper focuses on local energy generation and identifies strategies for minimising greenhouse gas emissions by generating energy for local use in dwellings.

This paper is one of a series of papers that come from a single study, Hybrid Buildings: Pathways for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in the Housing Sector by the same authors, covering the energy use within the residential sector.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Outline of local energy generation
  3. Zero emissions local energy generation
  4. Low emissions
  5. Analysis and key messages
  6. Conclusion