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Experts have warned that carbon emissions need to be cut in half in the next 10 years to avoid catastrophic damage to our planet that will be irreversible.

It has been published in climate reports that carbon emissions are on a turbo charged spiral upwards, with no sign of stopping. It was reported back in 2017 that carbon emissions globally increased by 1.7 percent and in 2018 by a further 2.7 percent. It has been predicted that 2019 will be the highest figures recorded as of yet and are set to be published later this year.

You may be wondering why an increase in carbon emissions is a need for concern, but our actions may have serious consequences.

It is estimated that up to 1 million species are at risk of extinction

It is predicted that by the end of the century between 30-50 percent of species will become extinct.

Rise in temperature

In the last few years we have had the highest temperatures recorded since 1880. Temperatures have been on the rise for the last 20 years.

A threat to our health

Have you heard of a domino effect? Well, increase in temperatures can negatively affect air quality, crop production, the spread of infectious diseases and threaten water supply. It can even cause natural disasters!

But we can actively CHOOSE to stop this! And together we can all save our planet, but we must be conscious of the choices we make and the impact.

Here are some top tips to consider:

Bike to work

This is a great way to reduce carbon emissions and increase your fitness.

Changing to LED lights

Through changing to LED lights, it could save you up to 65% on the electricity needed to light up your workspace or home. Also, you can invest in monitors which will allow lights to switch themselves on an off depending if someone is in the room! This is a really simple solution to reducing, not only carbon emissions, but the cost of your electricity bills too.

Solar PV

Solar is great for utilising a natural energy source, which means no carbon emissions at all! Depending on how much electricity you use; solar PV might be able to cover all the energy needed for a day.

Efficient heating

A lot of boilers are out of sight which means that sometimes they get forgotten about. If you have an old boiler, now is the time to invest in a new efficient one, or you could look at other alternatives, such as heat pumps.

Building management systems and smart phones

One of the easiest ways to monitor your electricity consumption for a business is through a building management system. This will enable you to monitor where you use the most electricity and put timers in place to switch equipment and lighting off. Smart Phones are also great for homes, you can now get smart lights which you can control from your mobile device, meaning that if your out and you have forgotten to switch your lights off, there is no problem. You can even control your heating too!

If you are a business that is looking to reduce its energy bills and carbon emissions, our smart energy programme provides grant funding and advice to help you achieve this.

Eligible businesses can also benefit from a free digital energy audit with an energy saving report with recommendations and workshops held by our expert partners.

In order to see if your business is eligible, all you need to do is to fill out an application form. This will enable us to see the best way forward to help support your business. Please read further guidance and details before applying.