02 May UK SET TO CUT EMISSIONS TO NEARLY ZERO BY 2050
The committee on Climate Change (CCC) has released a report, stating that the UK should lead the fight against climate change by cutting greenhouse gases to near zero by 2050.
What’s the Catch? Well according to the CCC this can be done at no added cost from previous estimates. Why’s that? The main change can be laid at the significant drop in cost of Renewable Energy by previous government policies.
One Government policy, the Renewable Heat Incentives still remains for Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, Solar Thermal and Biomass. With a replacement for the Feed in Tariff expected soon, the general direction has aided homeowners to becoming energy independent and contributing to the Near Zero Greenhouse gases by 2050.
Another contributing factor for the drive-in reducing greenhouse gases, is the general appetite for making a difference and an overall change in public perception. Spurred on by Greta Thunberg’s Climate Change Action, the recent Extinction Rebellion which disrupted the daily lives of Londoners and the national Institution that is David Attenborough, whose passionate fight against climate change and approachable manner has already witnessed a reduction in plastic use and informed millions of viewers, of the dangers that Climate change brings.
The total cost of cutting carbon emissions to near Zero by 2050 will be billions of pounds a year and would represent 1-2% of GDP a year. The Government needs to take this report and its recommendations and show their commitment. But the release of this report today, is alongside the motion in the houses of Parliament for the Government to declare a climate emergency which passed unopposed to which the government is yet to do.
However, the Environment secretary Michael Gove acknowledges that the next generation will “face the consequences” if no action is taken. He also stated that legislation due shortly will mark a “step Change” in how the country tackles climate change.
What will this legislation look like? With uncertainty still surrounding Brexit, the UK government may look to sweeten the voting population and distract them from the chaos that is Brexit with key step changes in Climate change legislation. However, if that legislation has any substance over style and few headline grabbers, it will be a case of see it and believe it.
Until this “Step Change” in legislation, it will continue to be the burden of the individual and family homeowner, to make changes and start creating their energy independence. Hero Renewables will continue to provide award winning design, supply and installation of Microgeneration technology. Offering a comprehensive service for homeowners looking at being the change and helping them bring their renewable energy independence dreams to life.