The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report on 1.5C degrees of warming highlights the urgency of action on climate change and the disastrous threat posed to the planet by rising global temperatures.
We can all take action to address the climate threat. Energy Saving Trust provides advice and support to help UK households cut their carbon emissions by improving energy efficiency, installing renewable energy, participating in community clean energy projects and choosing cleaner transport.
Individual UK citizens can do more to address climate change when there is a strong government programme. The IPCC findings suggest we may need a more ambitious national, long-term carbon saving target. But first, the government must introduce the policies that can deliver on our existing national commitments to reduce carbon emissions.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reported in July 2018 that the UK government is "not on track" to meet the next decade's carbon saving targets and that new, funded policies are urgently needed. Cutting the carbon we use in homes is highlighted by the CCC as a key area in which government needs additional policies. With advice, incentives and regulations, UK government needs to be doing much more to help us all take action on carbon emissions in our homes.