Despite increased levels of awareness and concern regarding the harmful by products of non-renewable energy sources, alarming research shows that investment into essential wind, water, solar and nuclear power has halved in just three years within the UK.
Such trends are also evident around the recession hit globe, as governments stall, disagree and display indecision on future energy policies. The global powerhouse China display all of these characteristics with their Co2 emissions set to rise until 2030 despite taking steps to boost renewables because GDP is still the governments priority.
However countries around the globe are under significant and growing pressure to reduce carbon emission outputs due to depleting supplies of natural oil/gas, consistently rising prices and tighter eco-friendly legislation. Like many other European countries the UK must embrace a new green energy policy if it is to meet its commitments with the European Union in regards to climate change by 2020.
So how can governments around the globe ensure our lights stay on whilst meeting ambitious environmental targets?
The answer is simple, governments and countries need to increase investment into new techniques and cut dependency on old, polluting and environmentally damaging energy sources. There is a growing and urgent need to combat climate change and depletion of resources.
The construction industry has an astronomical dependency on non-renewables and has been strongly linked with the overall Co2 output of newly and more economically developed countries. The industry, which is dependent on cheap oil, accounts for more than half of total carbon emissions for the UK and because of this change is clearly needed.
Growing concern and urgency for change has led to vast amounts of essential changes throughout the construction industry, which in turn has produced green products with lower amounts of energy consumptions. Such changes implement eco-friendly designs that further reductions in consumption which go hand in hand and complement sustainable materials.
Implementing eco-friendly changes to your own property can also improve the sell-ability and value of your home by creating a healthier and more efficient environment through good ventilation design, the use of natural products and removal of toxic solvents and paints.
There are a number of ways in which conventional building constructions are now being adapted to be more “at one” with its local surroundings and environment. Green improvements come in various forms from the use of pulped recycled paper for roof insulation to the installation of solar panels for hot water heating.
If you are planning on making similar changes to your own property always seek professional advice as changes to roofing, windows and insulation will require specialist equipment for heavy lifting and in some cases need planning permission legislation to be passed.
About the author: Chris Algar writes for LGUK who are specialists in heavy lifting equipment which is available for sale and hire throughout the UK and across the globe. Their range includes equipment such as Hoists, Winches and Crane Mats.