Why COP26 is Now Even More Critical
Environmental specialist Mark Bouldin comments on The Climate Transparency Report 2021 finding released today that CO2 emissions will rise by 4 per cent across the G20 this year despite falling 6 per cent during the pandemic.
2021 has been a critical year for climate action so the news in The Carbon Transparency Report that carbon emissions increased from rich countries is disheartening to hear to say the least.
However, we cannot let this stop us from moving forwards. With COP26 around the corner, now is our chance to work collectively and set the standard for others to follow.
Thankfully, technologies already exist that can help us get to grips with many of the issues at hand. 40 per cent of the world’s carbon is generated by buildings so we must look to innovation to put us solidly on the pathway to Net Zero. Smart technologies are no longer a gimmick or a flash in the pan initiative and must instead be recognised as a significant vehicle to make a positive impact and advance our sustainability efforts.
But what governments and businesses don’t realise is that improving energy efficiency has more than just a good effect on the planet. Research has found that, in buildings with clean air technology, productivity can increase by 11%, with cognitive scores increasing by 101 per cent. That’s a business gain that can only be achieved by exceeding current regulations.
When it comes to tackling climate change, we don’t have the luxury of time. Technology is the place to start, sooner rather than later.