The Government’s new Carbon Plan targets green power, heat and travel
Thursday 17th March 2011
I’m sure you’ve all cast
your eyes over the Government’s recently published UK Carbon Plan. In case you haven’t, the document sets out Britain’s strategy on climate change,
proposing strict actions, tougher domestic targets and binding deadlines for
the Plan, the Government aims to reduce carbon levels by 80% on 1990 figures by
2050, by focusing their attention on three key areas:
way energy is generated – a dramatic shift away
from fossil fuels and towards low carbon alternatives such as renewable energy,
new nuclear power and fossil fuel power stations fitted with carbon capture and
way homes and businesses are heated – a
step change in home insulations and moving away from gas boilers to low carbon
alternatives, such as heat pumps
way people travel – ensuring that more people
use public transport, to reduce emissions from petrol and diesel engines and
moving towards alternative technologies such as electric vehicles
heartening to know that initiatives to curb carbon emissions over the next 39
years are being progressed. If this Carbon
Plan is accepted by businesses, industry and the greater public, then the
Government’s stringent targets will certainly help to produce a secure,
sustainable low carbon economy in the long-run.
while it is easy to forecast the positive effects such proactive guidelines
will have on the future, the Government is missing a trick by not educating
consumers and businesses on the actions they can take in the short-term.
plans for a greener future can only be strengthened by educating consumers and
businesses about the benefits of lowering their energy consumption. From my
perspective there should be a mass move away from greener living being viewed
as just a trend and a move towards changing behaviours permanently.
living should become a way of life. But to achieve this, Government must
encourage and incentivise utilities to make a concerted effort to educate
consumers and businesses on how they are consuming energy and how they can
reduce their consumption.
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