Climate Change

The purpose of adding ‘Climate Change’ to the WWRA website is to exchange information to help WWRA residents lower their ‘carbon footprint’.  

You may like to read the following links on Climate Change:

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2018) announced that “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes” are vital to prevent dangerous warming and the Scientists Warning (2019) where 11, 000 of the Worlds Scientists are signatories to the conclusion that there is a Climate Emergency.  As you will know the UK government has set a legally binding target to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 which can only be delivered if we support this with local action.

The Scientists Warning says we must move away from fossil fuels and replace them with less polluting and healthier sources of energy such a wind and solar.  Here is a WHICH Report on renewable energy providers that you might find useful.

The Scientists Warning also advocates changes in our behaviour, while recognising the actions we take will depend on individual circumstances.  They include more walking/cycling, as well as the use of public transport.  Eating more vegetables and less meat, especially beef and lamb.  Fully insulating homes (loft, walls and windows) then investing in renewable technology such as solar panels and heat pumps and using electric cars. Also the planting of trees and creating more and larger woodlands for carbon capture.

Worth remembering WWRA already arrange minibuses for events offsite and facilitate local volunteering for residents including tree planting.  Just a start and we hope you can contribute more ideas for the Committee that we might include on our website (to Ivan and Pete).  We are especially interested in initiatives where residents can make savings through government incentive schemes.

Case Study on Electric Cars

The average car burns at least 100g carbon/km (equivalent to 250g CO2 emitted) and at a fuel cost of at least £0.07/km. If you drive 50miles (80km) to and from work this becomes 100kg CO2 (wow) and £28/week (not too bad?). With an electric car powered by renewable electricity (wind, solar, tidal etc) the CO2 will be zero and fuel cost much lower (£0.03/km based a family saloon).  Charging at home will make use of off peak tariffs to avoid peak demand.  Some Green service providers give a lower tariff if you have a E car. 

While having enough reliable renewable electricity, affordable E cars and charging points is some way off, technology, financial incentives and demand will almost certainly drive this forward rapidly.