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In 2018 UK greenhouse gas emissions were around 451 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2e) with UK households accounting for 100 million tonnes (excluding domestic car use).

By learning how to reduce your carbon footprint you can play your part in tackling global warming. If no action is taken, global temperatures will continue to rise. This will cause many global and regional issues. There will be a greater risk of flooding and droughts. Severe weather events such as extreme heat and increased rainfall will occur more frequently.

The UK has signed up to the Paris Agreement. This has set in law that we are committed to keeping the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius. To achieve this, the UK government has pledged that the UK will become net zero carbon by 2050. This means that for all carbon dioxide emissions produced in the UK, the same amount will be removed from the atmosphere. The only way to reach this target is through combination of home improvements, decarbonisation of the electricity grid (less coal fired power stations and more low carbon and renewable energy replacements), and carbon offsetting.

Please continue your journey within the EnergyFact tool to find out what you can do to improve your home, reduce your fuel bills and help tackle the climate emergency by reducing the amount of carbon your home produces.

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