It’s now or never to limit dangerous climate change

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published a stark new report which reveals the world still has hope to avoid the worst impacts of climate breakdown, but only if we make “rapid, deep and immediate” cuts in our carbon emissions.

Under this plan, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025, and can be nearly halved this decade, giving the world a chance of curbing future heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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The report makes plain that we all need to take action and develop new habits in support of wider climate change goals. Naturally,  renewable energy installations such as solar PV, air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps offer ways in which we can achieve reductions our individual or commercial carbon footprints, however this latest report once again shows that wider change across government, business and society is needed now.   

                                                

The final costs of implementing the latest proposals outlined by the IPCC will be minimal, representing a few percent of global GDP, but the will required to act by governments, businesses and individuals will be substantial. The report has found it is now “almost inevitable” that global temperatures will rise above 1.5C, however it could be possible to bring them back down below critical levels by the end of this century. However, this will require new, as-yet unproven technology to directly remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

                                                 

 

Included in the report were some conclusions on things that we, as a society can do to support the challenging goals we’ve all been set. These are wide ranging, but two things which are clear are:

  1. Investment in the transition to a low-carbon world is about six times lower than it needs to be.
  1. All sectors of the global economy, from energy and transport to buildings and food, must change dramatically and rapidly, and new technologies including hydrogen fuel and carbon capture and storage will be needed.

At Caplor Energy, we have been strong advocates for reducing carbon and supporting the UKs net zero goals for many years. Our founder Gareth Williams started Caplor Energy in 2007 having become increasingly alarmed by the continued impact of climate change on farming practices, and we were one of the first renewable energy firms to be established and accredited with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Our passion still flows from the need for urgent solutions to the climate crisis, and as a family business we always hold our values of inspirational sustainable improvement close to heart. Our friendly, enthusiastic team have a proven track record of successful installations across a wide range of domestic and commercial properties, and pride themselves on their professional approach to developments large and small. Investing in renewable energy is now easier and cheaper than ever; we all have a responsibility to do our bit, this latest report highlights just how urgently we need to act!

For more guidance on other ways you can personally act towards securing a net-zero future, the United Nation’s ActNow campaign has a wide selection of information and resources available for your use: https://www.un.org/en/actnow

If you’d like to read the latest IPCC report in full, you can do so here: https://www.ipcc.ch/working-group/wg3/  

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