Climate change is the most urgent environmental threat facing people and the planet. As well as doing all we can to save energy, we need to switch to forms of renewable energy that don't product CO2. This booklet shows how these can help Britain become a thriving, low-carbon economy.
What's the problem?
In Britain we consume energy for three main uses: heating, electricity and transport. 90% of this still comes from fossil fuels (gas, oil, and coal) which emit large amounts of carbon dioxide when burned.
The UK has signed a Europe-wide agreement to get 20% of all energy from renewables (such as sun, wind, and tides) by 2020. These can be harnessed without releasing CO2 to the atmosphere.
In order to meet the target the Government rapidly needs to get serious about investing in renewable technologies and energy efficiency measures. This includes introducing more financial incentives and subsidies, and tax reforms to make it more expensive to pollute.
How can we help?
A combination of green energy sources will enable us to achieve a low-carbon future.
Our booklet gives a detailed breakdown of these renewables with the best energy potential. For each we explain the technology involved, the pros and cons, typical output, as well as the lifespan and land requirements. Renewables covered include:
- Onshore and offshore wind;
- Sun (through solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power);
- Wave power;
- Tidal lagoons;
- Hydro-electric power ;
- Combined heat and power (CHP);
- Carbon capture and storage (CCS);
- Solar hot water;
- Ground source heat.
Find out more and join the energy revolution.
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