Industry response to severe global warming report

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a collection of the world’s leading climate scientists, released a damning report early this week saying that global temperature rise levels must be kept to a maximum of 1.5% above pre-industrial levels. They warned that if this does not happen, it will significantly increase the risk of natural disasters, extreme heat and impoverish hundreds of millions of people.

Beama, a leading trade association in electrical infrastructure has already issued a response outlining what the government and industry stakeholders should do to try and counteract the problem:

  • Make the aim of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 a fundamental ambition
  • Accelerate the electrification and decarbonisation of heat and transport sectors
  • Collaborate across industries to support policy initiatives and building regulations to increase energy efficiency of all new buildings – and reintroduce a Zero Carbon Homes policy
  • Focus on developing a flexible energy system to enable a quicker revolution of renewable energy and move to low-carbon economy
  • Support aim to reduce carbon emissions 45% by 2030 by using proven sustainable technologies like heat pumps, smart electric thermal storage, low-temperature heating systems, water treatment etc.

It is more crucial now than ever before, with the publication of this worrying report, that industry leaders try to follow the guidance set out in this response and do everything they can to accelerate the sustainable policies that are planned for the future.