It seems like you can’t get away from the topic of climate change at the moment. The protests in London over the Easter period in 2019 speak to the palpable mood in the nation and the movement created by the 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, speaks to the mood globally. But, can the world ever truly be carbon neutral given our addiction to fossil fuels?
Burning fossil fuels for our global energy needs are, by far, the biggest contributor to climate change. According to the World Resources Institute, 30.6% of the world’s carbon emissions are released into the atmosphere from this alone. Next up, we have transportation, which releases 14.8% of carbon emissions. So, if over 45% of carbon emissions are released by our energy and transportation needs, let’s look at the companies involved in producing the raw material for this energy. Also, according to a 2017 report, just 100 companies are responsible for over 70% of the worlds greenhouses gases.
So, what can the average person do about it? Here at GIGA, we are passionate about finding solutions to off-grid power. And, personally, we would like to stop using fossil fuel in all of our domestic and transportation needs but we are some way off this, just yet. Electric cars are restrictively expensive at the moment and our homes aren’t geared up for it. But, we’re determined to make a difference so here’s what we’re doing to reduce our carbon footprint:
- Use less plastic. We use plastic in the production of our turbines. BUT the plastic we use is UV resistant plastic can be recycled but you won’t need to do this for a long, long time. Single-use plastic, on the other hand, is often unrecyclable and ends up in the sea. Obviously producing this stuff emits cO2 into the air. Opt for alternatives, wherever you can.
- Reduce our consumption. Do you really need to buy everything you currently buy? Clothing, for instance, is a large contributor to cO2 into the atmosphere. Think about the lifecycle of a T-Shirt for instance. Cotton is grown and harvested, plastic is added to it and washing clothes also adds to the release of carbon into the atmosphere. Fast Fashion, for instance, is fast contributing to climate change.
- Reuse. We want to up-cycle where we can. Landfill and the burning of rubbish are contributing huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.
- Recycle. As a nation, we’re getting pretty good at this, but we think we can always do better.
- Go off the grid. That’s right – wherever possible we’re trying to use our own technology to power our gadgets. If you need some inspiration for how you can use less energy – check out some of the uses for our wind turbines here.