The COP26 conference, held in Glasgow late last year, was a vital discussion amongst world government leaders about the current climate crisis, and the efforts we need to implement now to mitigate the effects of climate change, avoiding worldwide catastrophic loss of life and irreversible damage. It saw world leaders make legal pledges to reduce carbon emissions, with the aim to eventually reach net zero, and make promises to implement sustainable initiatives. The overarching warning we’ve received in recent years is that we would not be able to lessen the damage caused if the world temperature were to rise by more than 1.5C.

The effects of rising global temperatures are already being felt this year, with the unprecedented heatwaves in India, Pakistan, and Ethiopia causing drought, crop losses, and humanitarian crises throughout. It is our duty to ourselves and future generations to ensure a liveable world now, before it is too late.

The UK is part of a legally binding carbon agreement to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, reaching a reduction of 78% by 2035. In order to reach this goal, the UK government has promised to implement the following steps:

Low Carbon Solutions

In November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a move to rapidly reduce CO2 emissions, brought forward the ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 10 years to 2030[1], although this only applies to the sale of new cars. The rise of Electric Vehicles (EVs), on the road is set to continue climbing in the coming years, with more than 100 car companies having signed up to the EV100 pledge and committing to fully zero-emission vehicle fleets by 2035.

Expansion of Renewable Energy

The UK has pledged that electricity production will be zero carbon by 2035, with the plan to achieve this relying on the expansion of offshore wind, and the scaling up of low carbon hydrogen which can be used for fuel in shipping and transport, as well as in certain buildings to replace natural gas.

Land and Greenhouse Gas Removal

Agriculture and farmland play a huge role in greenhouse gas emissions, with livestock accounting for 32% of methane emissions. However, this industry is set to be transformed in the coming years, whilst still keeping the same levels of food per head produced. By 2035, 460,000 hectares of new mixed woodland will be planted, and 260,000 hectares of farmland will be used to produce energy crops. Woodland coverage will rise from 13% in UK today to 15% by 2035 and 18% by 2050, with peatlands widely restored and managed sustainably, massively contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions.

The goal to stay below a maximum of 1.5C warming is only possible if we take immediate action – phasing down coal power, cutting down on methane gasses, protecting our forests and reversing deforestation, and ramping up the switch to EVs.

Do you want to live more sustainably and contribute to a healthy environment, but aren’t sure if the switch to an EV is right for you? The Lantei EV team are here to streamline your switch to an energy efficient, sustainable future. To find out more, speak to one of our specialists who will be more than happy to go through your options with you, making sure you make the right choice for you.

You can reach a member of the team by calling 01772 250179 or emailing stuart.raymond@lantei.co.uk.

Source: https://www.rac.co.uk/

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