Where will the phasing out of fossil fuels leave rural properties that rely on this energy source?
The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21 or CMP 11 was held in Paris, from 30 November to 12 December 2015.The organizing committee at the outset of the talks, said the expected key result was an agreement to set a goal of limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C) compared to pre-industrial levels.The conference sees governments from more than 190 nations get together to make decisions that will change the lives of millions. Needless to say the decisions made in the meetings will change your and my life.Climate change is always high on the agenda and with current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions set to run out in 2020, it is essential that further plans are laid out now.Scientists have warned that if global warming isn't changed now there could be catastrophic and irreversible results.All countries promised to cap their emissions "as soon as possible", with total de-carbonisation at some point between 2050 and 2100.
How are carbon emissions produced by a country?
Put simply carbon emissions are formed when a material containing carbon is burned. This will include all fossil fuels, oil, petrol, diesel, LPG, coal and natural gas. A natural balance that once dealt with these harmful gasses has shifted as deforestation levels have also spiked.China, USA and the EU are the top three emitters of greenhouse gasses around the world. A study on carbon emissions can be closely compared to a study on country development.As a country develops it needs more homes. Homes need energy, housing areas need shops which need energy, and shops need delivery trucks which need fuel to travel from warehouses that refrigerate the goods on the shop shelves. The ‘Carbon footprint’ for a punnet of strawberries in the local corner shop can be staggering.
How will this affect a rural household using LPG or Heating Oil?
I refer back to earlier in the article, “total decarbonisation at some point between 2050 and 2100”, fossil fuel phased out in only 35 – 85 years? That’s going to take some doing!The reason that a lot of our customers use oil or LPG is that they have no choice. In general being off grid is not something a home owner opts for, it is something that circumstances enforce.Renewable energy sources once championed by the government are being quietly brushed to one side, as attractive subsidies for clean fuels are being eroded. You only have to look at the news to see that the government is putting all of its weight behind fracking, opening up national parks to exploration and drilling.It does raise a lot of questions as we (the home owner) look out of our windows at the diesel vehicle parked on our driveway next to our fuel tank as to how we are supposed play our part in this historical change. How we can do our part to lower (and end) carbon emissions? Are we to invest in renewables despite the government hurdles? Are we to abandon our rural lifestyle and join the National Grid massive? Are we to grow our own food in a Richard Briers, self-sufficient ‘The Good Life’ style? Can we implement a natural balance to counteract the emissions from burning fossil fuels?Are we opposed to change and saving the planet for our grandchildren’s grandchildren? Of course not but we need to know now what will be expected of us in the not so distant future and how we can play our part in changing the world before it is too late...For more news please click here