With everything that is going on in the UK it is easy to forget that the country is still leading the way in the fight against climate change. As renewable energy technology develops, the country is seeing a significant shift towards renewable technology as well as a change in public habits. In this article we look at three ways the UK is fighting climate change.
Diesel and Petrol Out. Electric In
The UK government will ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 in the hope that the majority of cars on sale will be electric. Here on Green Car Guide we revealed how car manufacturers are already rising to the challenge with Volvo announcing that every car from 2019 will have an electric motor. The car company will also launch five fully electric cars between 2019 and 2021. A Nissan UK report has predicted that electric charging stations could outnumber petrol stations in 2020. The number of petrol stations has been steadily dropping in the UK.
Currently most of the UK doesn’t meet EU pollution limits, with Greater London being the worst culprit. The government’s plan is to create clean zones in the main pollution hotspots and they will provide local authorities with a £255m implantation fund.
Climate change has led to hotter temperatures that in turn have had a knock-on effect on the UK’s water levels. In 2012 the UK enforced a hosepipe ban after the worst drought since 1976. As the threat of droughts become more likely, reducing the country’s water output will become a vital part of preparing the country for climate change.
Reports have suggested that another ban could potentially be introduced in 2017. Hosepipeban.org states that while a number of rivers and reservoirs were below average levels for this time of year there is no indication of a ban being enforced. Gardening uses a lot of water and one way to save water is to use a watering can rather than the hosepipe for the garden. If a hosepipe is required then it’s worth looking at little deeper into which one is best to limit water expenditure. Screwfix lists a number of garden hoses and recommends a tap lock that can fit around most round and oval taps to provide a leak-free connection. Leaking from garden taps can waste a lot of water and this small step can make big savings.
This year the UK set a record for the highest ever output from renewable energy sources with The Telegraph reporting that renewable energy accounted for more than half (70%) of the UK’s electricity demand. A National Grid spokesman told the paper that consumers will save £500,000 over the summer.
The drive to use more renewable sources has become more important after the United States withdrew from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. The unexpected withdrawal has led to countries refocusing their efforts to bring down their carbon footprint. The fact that the UK can now reach 70% of power from renewable sources is a good sign of the future. 2017 has also seen more hours without coal than the whole of 2016 combined.