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In recent years there has been an increased understanding surrounding the environment in which we live. Every year it seems we learn something new about how our lifestyles affect the wider ecosystem, usually more negative than positive.

On Monday 9th August, a report was released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which models a serious and quite bleak future should no action be taken. This has been dubbed “a code red for humanity”.

The report can be summarised in a few key points;

  • The last 5 years have been the hottest on record since 1850
  • The global temperature average increase of 1.1°C since the industrial revolution
  • If the global average temperature increases to 1.5°C there would be no way to reverse the effects
  • Of the 2,400 billion tonnes of CO2 emitted since the industrial revolution, there is only a 50/50 chance that releasing a further 500 billion tonnes would keep us under a 1.5°C temperature rise by 2040

We have all heard the predicted effects of this increased global rise in temperature, melting of sea ice, sea level rises, increased flooding, wildfires and most crucially loss of habitat for all living things on earth. It is not an exaggeration to say, the results of increased global warming would be biblical by way of calamity.

So, what can you do about it?

As with everything, it is the role of a few to lead the way for the many. It has been the mission of our company and clients over the last 16 years to make a real difference by cutting commercial and domestic carbon emissions.

Globally, heating accounts for half of all energy requirements and 40% of total carbon dioxide emissions. In the UK alone, 15% of our greenhouse gas emissions comes from residential heat of which 96% of those emissions are CO2. This is an issue, for many years now there have been viable solutions to dramatically reduce this figure, but the market has been slow to adopt these necessary changes.

For example, heat pumps, can reduce carbon emissions by up to 70% when compared to heating oil, or 60% when compare to burning mains gas. These electrically driven heating and hot water alternatives offer exactly the same comfort levels as harmful fossil fuel alternative but at drastically less damaging emission rates. These systems become most effective when combined with solar panels and can provide domestic hot water, summer pool heating or even cooling with virtually no emissions and little to no running costs during high irradiance days.

To learn more about climate saving technologies, please contact our team through 01293 821 345 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see what difference you can make.

 

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