A major report was released by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) last month. The report highlights the importance of keeping global temperatures from exceeding 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels, which has led to renewed calls for urgent and unprecedented action to be taken by policymakers.
The report states that the world is already experiencing a 1oC rise from global warming, the effect of which can already be seen worldwide. According to the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), “the past two decades included 18 of the warmest years since records began in 1850.” Additionally, this year alone has seen record-breaking droughts in Cape Town, forest fires and hurricanes in the US, and the heatwaves, floods and storms seen in the UK this year have also been attributed to climate change by experts.
The report also warns that exceeding this temperature rise of 1.5oC would spell disaster for hundreds of millions of people and even entire countries as sea levels rise with the increased risk of flooding, droughts, heatwaves and mass poverty.
Perhaps even more alarmingly, the report says that the world is “already well on the way” to exceeding global temperatures of 1.5oC above pre-industrial temperatures by as soon as 2030 should the current rate of global warming continue.
The end of gas boilers?
The report calls for carbon emissions to be cut by 50% by 2030 and to zero by 2060 in order to meet the 1.5oC target, which would mean the end of using fossil fuels for power in just a few decades. This would include replacing gas boilers with an eco-friendly alternative to heat homes and hot water, along with replacing diesel and petrol cars with electric vehicles and other clean alternatives.
Scientists and 195 government representatives met in South Korea in October to approve the report. However, it’s thought that some governments will still try to question the validity of the report or downplay the seriousness of the situation.
“This report proves that keeping global temperatures to 1.5oC is a necessity, not an ambition.”
– Neil Thorns, Director of Advocacy and Communications at CAFOD
The report also highlights replanting trees and eating less meat will be crucial to reduce the amount of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
You can find out more about the report here: IPCC report.
Solutions to global warming
According to the World Resources Institute, using fossil fuels for heat and electricity is one of the largest contributors to climate change. This is why replacing gas boilers with suitable alternatives will be high priority for the government, as will decarbonising the national grid.
The good news is that renewable technology is now in a position to replace gas boilers in the home without compromise to our lifestyles. Today, solar and wind farms are providing a much larger proportion of the grid’s electricity supply than ever before and there are measures that homeowners can take today (such as installing a heat pump, solar PV, solar thermals, or increasing their home’s insulation) that will not only reduce their carbon footprint, but can also save them money.
What we do
Here at Evergreen Energy, we believe taking action sooner rather than later is becoming more important by the day. As longstanding experts in renewable technologies that are endorsed by the government, we want to guide homeowners and business owners alike through the transition from fossil fuel-based power sources to a much more sustainable way of living.
We install integrated energy systems in UK homes that generate and use renewable energy as efficiently as possible. By generating your own electricity and heat onsite using renewable energy, we can help to stop the global warming trend.
For more information on what homeowners can do to reduce their home’s carbon footprint, take a look at our technologies page here. Or if you already know a little and are keen to find find out more about government-supported renewable technologies you can install in your home, send us an email to [email protected] with a brief description of your project and a daytime telephone number. One of our Technical Account Managers will soon be in touch to discuss your project and explain how we can help you.