April 2021 was a momentous month for the future of carbon emissions, as the Government announced their target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035. This announcement was well overdue as it came following a huge increase of 60% in carbon dioxide emissions between the years 1990-2013, increasing from 22.4 billion metric tons to a staggering 35.8 billion!
After trying, and failing, many times before this is the first that includes shipping and aviation emissions. Considering previous commitments have fallen somewhat short the government are hoping that a renewed focus on renewable and energy efficient technologies in domestic homes will help towards this goal.
How can I help?
There are many ways in which you can help reduce emissions, one being to make the switch to renewable energy. By having an Air Source Heat Pump installed in your home, this will reduce your carbon emissions by more than 23 tonnes over 10 years! That’s a lot more effective than a traditional gas boiler which when producing just 1kWh of central heating it also produces over 215 grams of carbon that is then released into the atmosphere.
What will happen if the target isn’t met?
To put it bluntly, life as we know it will change. The amount of carbon emissions trapped in our atmosphere is causing global warming, which in turn causes climate change. We will see the melting of the polar ice caps, the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and potentially irreversible impacts to our natural environment, animal species and ecosystems and our population.
Help do your part in the reduction of carbon emissions!
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