How UK utility companies are addressing climate change: Utility companies in the UK have been facing the heat for not doing their part to combat climate change. Earlier this year, many of these companies came together to pledge the steps they’ll take to address this environmental problem.

Net-Zero Emissions

Companies and institutions all over the world have pledged their commitment to reducing emissions. Even markets are being re-shaped to support climate change initiatives. However, only the UK has put this pledge into legislation. They pledge to have net-zero emissions by the year 2050, with plans to speed up the process and achieve this by the year 2030.

To get to the finish line, the utility industry must put in a lot of work, particularly in the transport and industries sectors.

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended the use and creation of a hydrogen economy to handle the energy-intensive procedures.

Electric Vehicles

Internal energy combustion vehicles are one of the largest pollutants and switching to electric vehicles can go a long way in curbing climate change. To achieve this goal by 2050, there is a need to create anticipatory policies that will help car owners understand the need for the switch.

Heat Management

Heatwaves have become a problem associated with climate change, and utility companies have pledged to do their job to reduce heat emissions by decarbonizing. Selecting and providing alternatives for renewable heat sources can mitigate the effects of climate change.

Carbon Capture and Storage

Excess emissions in the atmosphere are causing holes in the ozone layer, and capturing and storing is one of the safest bets available for carbon management.

The UK is implementing carbon capture, usage, and storage (CCUS) clusters, structures that will trap carbon and prevent it from being released into the atmosphere. They are being built and the target date for operation is 2030 and the goal is to capture 10 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The Water Issue

Water companies play an important role in the creation of clean water for individual and institutional use. However, to do this they use up nonrenewable sources of energy. The plan is to switch to alternatives like solar panels to power reservoirs and use anaerobic digestion for sewage management.

During the anaerobic process, the methane released can be used as a fuel, making it a renewable and sustainable source of energy.

Summary

To achieve an environment that is safe for future generations, many UK utility companies have taken it upon themselves to use their resources to battle climate change. With help from individuals, these goals can be achieved within the set timelines.

How UK utility companies are addressing climate change

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