The naked truth: UK is in ECOLOGICAL DEFICIT according to Global Footprint Network`s “National Footprint Accounts 2018 edition” Literally UK would need 4 times bigger land to maintain the population`s demand for goods and services. Unfortunately, this demand exceeds what the region’s ecosystems can renew. As a result, UK is importing, liquidating its own ecological assets and/or emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Both the Ecological Footprint and biocapacity are expressed in global hectares (gha) – globally comparable, standardized hectares with world average productivity.
Let`s have a look at the details of the chart:
On the supply side, a state`s Biocapacity represents the productivity of its ecological assets including cropland, grazing land, forest land, fishing grounds, and built-up land. These areas, especially if left unharvested, can also absorb much of the waste we generate, especially our carbon emissions.
On the demand side, the Ecological Footprint measures the ecological assets that a given population requires to produce the natural resources it consumes and to absorb its waste, especially carbon emissions.
Housing is the sector that makes up the largest proportion of our individual footprint. In the UK, our homes account for 27% of our carbon emissions – from gas and electricity use to household appliances. This includes the physical footprint of the house as well as the impacts of supplying energy services, such as the forested land that would be required to sequester the CO2 that is emitted by heating and electricity provision.
The biggest predictors of a large footprint are having a higher income and a large house. This can be addressed, in part, by installing energy efficiency measures such as draught-proofing and insulation. For example, by insulating cavity walls we can cut heat loss by around a third. 11 million houses in the UK that could have cavity wall insulation have yet to install it…
Actions to reduce carbon emissions has been slow, with 21 million homes currently below EPC C rating… WWF UK is working to secure effective energy efficiency and renewable heat policies. In the run up to the Clean Growth Strategy, they successfully campaigned to get the Government setting a target to bring all homes in England and Wales to EPC rating C by 2035.
The Committee on Climate Change recently stated:
“From 2025 at the latest, no new homes should be connected to the gas grid. They should be heated using low-carbon energy sources, have ultra-high levels of energy efficiency alongside appropriate ventilation, and be timber-framed where possible.”
Modern Methods of Construction can help address environmental issues that we are facing today. Individuals and as an organisation we made it our primary objective to provide energy efficient, sustainable homes and it also complies with the highest standards where future changes in the construction industry will be adopted today.
We will publish a Blog in the future about the different construction methods which can help reducing carbon emissions and leaving a smaller footprint on our environment.