Energy and climate change
Climate change is emerging as one of the major challenges facing the world today. It is caused by the build up of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere, which trap heat by preventing it from escaping into space. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It comes mainly from burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas to produce energy for our homes, businesses and transport.
The latest predictions suggest that globally temperatures could rise between 2C and 5C by 2100 (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2007). Regional variations can be even greater. The UK will experience progressively warmer and drier summers, wetter and milder winters and more frequent extreme weather particularly heavy rainfall and heat waves.
- London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Climate Change Strategy(pdf, 95KB).
What can I do?
Over 40% of CO2 emissions in the UK come directly from what we do as individuals (for example, heating and using electricity in our homes and driving vehicles). Every time we use energy generated from non-renewable sources we are contributing to climate change. To tackle climate change, therefore, we need to use less energy and make sure it is produced from greener sources. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can save energy and money at home. Some of these will require no cost, others require you to spend a little money up front but the savings will quickly pay back. The average household could save up to £300 a year on energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint significantly by being more energy efficient.
Live in Ham or Petersham?
Have a look at the Ham and Petersham Low Carbon Zone pages to see what support is available and how you can get involved.
Live in Whitton?
Apply for a home visit from the RE:NEW Energy Expert, and receive a free Home Energy Check, and a free package of RE:NEW energy saving items worth up to £99.