Energy awareness and its effects on climate change
Globally, the use of energy represents by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. In Europe energy processes represented 78% of total greenhouse gas emissions in 2015.
Our use and production of energy has had a massive impact on climate change, so much so that the mitigation of such impact has culminated in the Paris Agreement which aims to reduce greenhouse emissions by 95% by 2050.
Sea level rise and more frequent intense storms could disrupt energy production and delivery by damaging electricity infrastructure, fuel delivery infrastructure and equipment, power plants, or storage facilities.
Climate change could affect the amount of water available to produce electricity or extract fuel. In areas where water is already scarce, competition for water between energy production and other uses could increase.
Ways to minimise energy consumption in the workplace
- Never leave lights on in unoccupied rooms – It’s a good idea to install light sensors that automatically turn on when the room is occupied and off when it’s unoccupied.
- Keep the cold air out – make sure that your business is properly insulated. Seal gaps around windows and draught-proof wall cavities throughout the building to keep the cold air out and the warm air in
- Switch off appliances that are not in use – While in standby mode, appliances can still use up to 50% of the electricity they use when operating
- Use energy-efficient light bulbs – Try replacing any old incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs. LEDs can help save you as much as 80% on electricity.
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