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Carbon conscience: An interview with Sophus Zu Ermgassen

Words: Simon Wicks

Sophus zu Ermgassen is an ecological economist whose work analyses the costs and benefits of everything environmental, from rewilding to insulation. He tells Simon Wicks why we need to radically rethink our housebuilding model – and our economy

The finding astonished even the researchers behind the analysis. By 2050, under the current development model, housing will have consumed 113 per cent of England’s cumulative carbon budget.Yes, that’s all of it, and then some – 12 per cent via ‘embodied’ emissions in construciton, a staggering 101 per cent via ‘operational’ emissions in use.What the research suggests is that the current........
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