March Musings - Co2 & Circularity
Following the IPCC’s recent Climate Report it is clear we need to immediately reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels are responsible for the highest emitted greenhouse gas – Carbon Dioxide.
The 2020 Climate Watch Report from The World Resources Institute shows Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Gas are:
Carbon Dioxide: 74.4%
Nitrous Oxide 6.2%
F-gases e.g. CFC’s 2.1%
We urgently need to take action NOW: Rising global temperatures are increasing the rate of release of methane from the permafrost regions of the world. Methane is 25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat in the atmosphere. It's an irreversible time-bomb waiting to happen.
The tragic events unfolding in Eastern Europe have, in part, been caused by the supply of fossil fuels empowering Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. How many more signals do we need to change? The fact that Germany who rely on Russian gas, are now contemplating a further shift back to coal-fired power stations, is a long-term environmental tragedy waiting to happen.
According to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Report of 23 December 2021 This is where we are energy-wise in the UK:
So What can we do?
We have to lobby Government to speed the transition to renewables and cleaner energy.
We recently heard Dame Ellen MacArthur ( Ellen MacArthur Foundation) speak passionately about the need for business to employ Circular Design right the way through its corporate DNA. She’s so right.
She mentioned that Circular Design operates under 3 principles:
- To eliminate waste and pollution through design
- To circulate product and materials for as long as possible
- To regenerate natural systems.
The way the current economic models use resources is responsible for 45% of greenhouse gas emissions and 95% of biodiversity loss.
So we really do need to evaluate the way our economy functions and build Circular Models based on renewable energy to make beneficial changes for ourselves and the future of the planet.
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