Good Green vs Mean Green
It's World Environment Day, and that makes you think Green – the colour of life. Plants, nature, green energy, recycling initiatives - and Thrift Energy – all carry the invigorating hue but there is one particular mean green causing harm to the planet: Greenhouse gases.
The importance of energy-efficient solutions has peaked and changes should start at home. The release of the latest report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Net Zero proposes new greenhouse gas emissions targets and demonstrates a need for urgent action to prevent further damage to the environment and ultimately, our world.
What is Net Zero?
Net Zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming is a report that has stepped up ambitions for a greener planet - by calling to eradicate greenhouse gases entirely. Prior to the report, UK Government aimed for an 80 per cent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 but this report has pushed even harder, declaring that it should be possible to reach Net Zero; 0 greenhouse gas emissions in the UK by 2050, just over 30 years.
Greenhouse gas emissions cause the planet to heat as they trap in heat that radiates from the sun. As a result, polar ice caps are melting, creating higher sea levels and a gradual warming of the entire plane. If this continues, the consequences will be dire for biodiversity and beyond, wiping out many species and affecting our food chains.
The chairman of the report, Lord Deben calls for the UK to “make firm plans for housing and domestic heat” and states there is a need for change in other areas including industrial emissions, carbon capture and storage and agriculture.
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Energy efficiency can be achieved through improving the thermal retention of properties, so they hold heat better and don’t require as much energy and fuel to stay warm. Renewable energy measures are on the rise and Thrift Energy have recently completed a solar panel installation in Oxford, which will generate greener energy and prevent 1.3 - 1.6 tonnes of Carbon dioxide per year.
The Energy Savings Trust state that Insulation is one of the quickest and easiest ways to improve homes, reducing carbon emissions by around 1040 kg per year. If one street of 20 properties has effective Insulation, they would prevent over 20, 000kg of Carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Work is already underway in Hartlepool and Durham, as Thrift Energy secure funding through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) and Local Authorities for the removal and replacement of inefficient Insulation and then install brand new, A-rated boilers that increase energy efficiency and backed by a 5 year manufacturers warranty.
There is no time like the present to make positive changes, so for energy efficient improvements #ThinkThrift and call 0800 689 3415.