Making the transition to a low carbon society will ensure the University of Liverpool achieves a balance between social and economic development and our impact on the environment, while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This would allow a more balanced standard of living and improved quality of life, a reliable infrastructure, and skills to sustain economic and social development.
Why reduce carbon?
Carbon dioxide (C02) is the main heat-trapping greenhouse gas associated with human-induced global warming and climate change. Consequently extreme weather events, like floods and droughts, are likely to happen more often with varying local and national affects. Climate change is not just about another bad day of weather. If we do not reduce carbon emission and limit global temperature rises to 2 °C, the impacts of climate change on water, agriculture, infrastructures and economies will severely affect our lifestyles.
Whilst carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas contributing to climate change it is considered one of the most significant. Emissions of greenhouse gases in the UK come from many sources: 65% from burning fuel to create energy (excluding transport), 21% from transport, 4% from industry, all emitting C02. Around 8% of emissions come from agriculture, mainly producing nitrous oxide or methane, which are potent GHGs.
Carbon emissions are the main contributor to climate change, so cutting carbon emissions and moving to a low-carbon society is the main solution.