Climate change is here; time to limit its effects

Mirella Vitale, ROCKWOOL Group

The world around us is changing, meaning we must change with it to prevail in our efforts to consume less energy.

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A close deadline for limiting CO2 emissions

If you’re not worried about the current state of our planet, then you haven’t been paying attention.

Based on a study conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), our society has 12 years to limit the effects of climate change through the regulation of emissions and reduction of our carbon footprint. Furthermore, these limitations on air pollution must be put in place on a global scale to produce the effects needed for climate change to subside.

However, before you panic, it must be noted that there are ways to keep the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Perhaps the most forthright way comes from building new nearly-zero-energy buildings and renovating old buildings that are sub-standard (70% of existing buildings).

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According to the IPCC, our society has 12 years to limit the effects of climate change

Emissions from buildings
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Buildings account for 28% of all CO2 emissions

How renovations can help

Given that the buildings we live and work in have been around for years, their lack of updated design puts their energy consumption at an unnecessary high level. This consumption results in high CO2 emissions, and the environment suffers as a result.

Building new and renovating old buildings allows a dwelling to fit within an outline that decreases emissions effectively and lowers energy costs for consumers. In addition, renovations and new buildings are able to put products like stone wool insulation at the forefront of the movement leading to fewer CO2 emissions, which makes our society more energy efficient.

Overall, the problem we face is trying to conduct a greater effort to lessen our reliability on the energy we currently use and to employ better usage around the globe. A down-sized energy system could result in the fast decline of carbonization in our energy supply and help lower the 28% of CO2 emissions coming from buildings.

This is where energy efficient buildings truly pay for themselves.

Thanks to cutting-edge solutions and technology, the overhaul of a building can put homeowners and business owners in the driver seat of a more effective budget that decreases the burden put on them by current energy consumption. A higher class of design can allow for savings on electric bills and provide our planet with the kind of help it so desperately needs.

The solutions presently available make the state of our world less scary. There are still reasons to pay attention to the effects of climate change, however, which makes the approach of how we combat it - just as important.

With the help of building renovations, climate change will become less of a threat to our world over the course of time. However, it is up to us to make sure these pivotal steps are taken - for the sake of our future and for the sake of our planet.

 

Sources:
1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report 2018.

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