At Hero Renewables we want to make this year our greenest year ever and we want you to be a part of it.
As the UK government look to decrease the amount of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere as well as reducing plastic waste and living more sustainably, we want to ensure we can be apart of it.
A cleaner, greener future has been set out in a detailed new route map towards ending the UK’s climate emissions by 2050 from the Climate Change Committee, the government’s official advisers.
By 2025, half of new cars sold will be electric, the CCC recommends, with almost half of all cars on the road being electric by 2030. Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run and purchase prices are falling. Electricity is a cheaper and more efficient fuel than petrol or diesel and the CCC estimates benefits of £8bn a year to consumers by 2035, and a £20bn saving in fuel costs by 2050. But drivers will travel almost as far as today, with annual mileage expected to fall just 4% by 2030.
Flying produces a lot of carbon emissions and jet fuel is difficult to replace. But the CCC sees air miles falling by only 6% in 2030 compared with 2019, and then rising by 17% in 2050 as low-carbon planes take to the skies. The remaining aviation emissions are offset by tree planting and other measures, which the CCC has suggested be funded by airlines.
However, this scenario still sees a curbing of the rapid growth of aviation in recent decades, limiting the building of new runways and seeing ticket prices potentially rise. “At the moment, there is no carbon price on flights, although they are one of the most carbon-intensive things that we can do and they are largely done by a very small, largely rich part of the population,” said Mike Thompson at the CCC. “So, we ask in the report, should the carbon price be higher?” In an example, the CCC suggests the cost of a return ticket from London to New York would rise by £56 in 2050.
The cost of more efficient home lighting, appliances and boilers will be offset by the reduced energy they use and the CCC says energy bills would remain level until 2030, after which bills would fall as cheap renewable energy expands further.
The last gas boiler should be sold in 2033, the CCC said, but new homes are likely to require low carbon heating a decade earlier. More than 80% of homes should be heated by electric-powered heat pumps, which draw warmth from the ground. Installations will rise fifteen-fold from today to 415,000 a year in 2025 and then a million a year in 2030, the CCC said.
Heat pumps are cheaper to run, but more expensive to buy and homes need to be made highly energy efficient before installation. This will cost £10,000 per home on average, the CCC said, meaning poorer households will need government help. It estimates that adding £3bn a year to existing efficiency schemes would cover the total cost and suggests ministers end regressive green levies on energy bills and move the levies to general taxation.
Modern low-carbon industries will grow, building renewable energy, decarbonising the UK’s 28m homes, capturing carbon from power stations, producing hydrogen and creating new woodlands, the CCC said, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the UK.
For example, the programme to retrofit buildings alone would require over 200,000 extra full-time workers from 2030 through to 2050, the CCC said. But it said it was important for the government to support those losing jobs, such as in the oil and gas industry, into the new roles.
Nature And Land Use
The CCC recommends the UK becomes a greener and more pleasant land, with about 2bn new trees leading to a 40% increase in woodland areas, a level not seen in Britain for 1,000 years. Trees would cover 15% of the country by 2035 and 18% by 2050, up from 13% today.
The woodlands would absorb carbon from the air, but also boost wildlife and provide more opportunity for people to visit green spaces, which is known to increase wellbeing. But Nick Phillips, at the Woodland Trust, said: “On current trends, we will get nowhere near this [tree cover] target. Policies like the upcoming England Tree Strategy and new farm payments system need to be visionary and bold.”
Peatlands cover 10% of the UK and store huge amounts of carbon but are mostly degraded. The CCC recommends half are restored by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Lord Deben, chair of the CCC, said the sale of peat as garden compost should be banned immediately.
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