How do we get to Net Zero carbon emissions?
by Fran Haddock
What's Going On Here?
The UK government has pledged to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. A new report prepared for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) helps us understand what we as a country and as individuals can do to meet the target.
What Does This Mean?
Net Zero will mean that greenhouse gas emissions being produced and removed from the atmosphere will balance out to zero. Climate experts are unsurprisingly advising that big lifestyle changes supported by a change in government policy will be needed to reach 'Net Zero.' Here’s a brief summary of the main areas:
Why Should We Care?
In order to try and limit global warming to 1.5°C, radical changes will be needed individually and on a much larger scale - but these don’t have to impact negatively on our well-being! It’s easy to feel helpless when tackling the climate crisis but studies like this help break solutions down into realistic changes that can be made.
It’s important not to feel the weight of the task on your own shoulders as government policy changes are essential, and quite frankly we are not meeting our current targets! (see for the CCC’s July 2019 report).
It should also be mentioned that some scientists and campaigners do not believe that the 2050 target is soon enough.
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