Climate Emergency: what to do next

The UK Parliament has passed a motion declaring a Climate Emergency, in the same week as the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Government also voted to declare a Climate Emergency and to take dramatic mitigating action without delay.

 So what should the UK do to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, to achieve what the IPCC cites as necessary to prevent climate catastrophe – cap  global warming at 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels?

Climate Emergency – power generation

 Energy supply accounts for 24% of UK carbon emissions.  We have to transition to 100% renewable energy. 

How? 

Climate Emergency: Transport

Transition to 100% electric / no pollution vehicles, reduce emissions from aviation fuel & improve rail networks.

How?

  • Increase support for low income drivers to trade in petrol and diesel vehicles for electric vehicles (EVs) with a national scrappage scheme
  • Increase low emissions vehicle grants – the government has committed to phasing out diesel vehicles by 2040, but it SCRAPPED grants for plug-in hybrids in November 2018, and CUT grants for all-electric vehicles from £4,500 to £3,500.  
  • Use business fiscal policy to drive a move for business fleets across to electric and low emission vans and lorries
  • Reinstate scrapped bus routes, replace diesel buses (and trains) with EVs
  • Create a trade-in scheme for black cabs to transition to EVs
  • Support research into lower-carbon aviation fuel, and use fiscal incentives for airlines to switch to lower-carbon fuel, such as reduced taxes on lower-carbon flights.  No more runways or airports to be built
  • Re-nationalise the railways, which have become individual monopolies with profit being the only goal.  Invest in the network and drive prices down

Climate Emergency: low carbon homes

Increase the number of low carbon homes.  How?

Climate emergency: extract carbon from the atmosphere

How?

  • Direct air capture – Invest in technological development and deployment to advance prospects for direct air capture at a large scale. Multiple companies have already developed working direct air capture systems, despite the near absence of public research and development spending on the technology. 
    • Help landowners create carbon sinks: Create the right conditions and financially reward landowners for the creation of carbon sinks on their land – planting forests, cover crops on arable land, using compost on the soil to increase carbon uptake

    How can Green Element help your business respond to the Climate Emergency?

     

    We offer organisations and businesses solutions to combat climate change. Green Element will look at the entire operations of your organisation helping to cut emissions. We have our own carbon footprinting tool which will aid the process – Compare Your Footprint.

    At Regent’s University London we helped achieve savings of 500 tonnes of carbon emissions and 160, 000 kiloWatt-hours of energy. In the process the university has also reduced running costs by £24,000. 

    The first step you can take as a business is to sign up to the Climate Emergency

     Contact us today and let us help your organisation contribute to halting our climate emergency.

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