Friday, November 03, 2006

The UK only produces 2% of greenhouse gases? I don't think so...

I've posted a couple of practical tips since Monday, so it's back to harrumphing about the discussion around the Stern report!

I am fed up with hearing the excuse that, as the UK only produces 2% of carbon dioxide emissions, then there's no point us doing anything. This completely ignores the global supply chain which supplies the West with our standard of living.

Emissions are indeed growing rapidly in countries such as China, yet the Chinese people lead frugal lives - I didn't see many SUVs, patio heaters or imported strawberries when I visited. China's carbon emissions are from the manufacture of products for consumption in the west, as the press coverage of the world's largest container ship demonstrates. Ditto the very large amount of food imported into this country from all over the world.

I asked for estimates of the true figure at the launch of the Newcastle branch of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Studies on Wednesday. The best guess that the delegates could come up with was that the UK was probably responsible for about 10%.

Whatever it is, we cannot duck the fact that the UK's ecological footprint is huge and it extends way beyond our national borders.

2 Comments:

At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Vic said...

Robert Newman has a similar theme - how what we actually produce isn't the whole story.

While I'm here has anyone come accross "actis" insulation - seems perfect for our already boarded loft (30mm but equivalent to 210mm). Specifically - do you have to tack it to your rafters - we already have a thinner insulation there to block gaps, so would be more effective between the joists on the floor of the loft. Thanks in advance!

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger Gareth Kane said...

Haven't seen it before myself, but it looks good. I would contact the manufacturer for advice.

More on insulation soon as I have a consignment of Thermafleece on its way.

 

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