The UK could miss its 2025 climate change targets if households do not do their bit to drive more efficiently, recycle food waste and insulate their lofts. This is the warning that the Government are giving in a bid for homeowners to improve on energy efficiency. In order to become more energy efficient, there are many tips that can be found on Energy Switcheroo.
The Committee on Climate Change says that the governments progress on cutting carbon emissions by 2017 are only on course because the recession has seen households use less energy.
However, if the government wants to continue to cut emissions by 34% by 2020 and 50% by 2025 then the government needs to implement tougher measures. We have already seen the construction of wind farms and the introduction of charging points for electric cars but if they are to have any dramatic effect then the environmentally friendly processes need to take off.
The Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, David Kennedy says “Although the first carbon budget has been comfortably achieved and the second is likely to be achieved, this is largely due to the impact of the economic downturn.” (Committee on Climate Change, June 2013)
Under the Climate Change Act, the government must comply with cutting carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. However, at a time when targets should be met, the current policies appear to be flailing.
The Committee on Climate Change also requested that the government set a target for the power sector that the emissions are cut by 2030. If this was done then it would evoke confidence for potential investors to invest into low carbon energy such as renewables. This would mean that households would end up paying £100 more by 2020 to switch to renewable energy.