What Net Zero Means in Practice A quick look at the facts and it soon becomes clear that reaching carbon emissions of net zero will be extremely difficult and will require cast iron government policies and political will. For the UK to reach net zero emissions clean energy production from solar, wind and possibly nuclear would have to be quadrupled. All boilers, most of which run on gas, would have to be replaced by hydrogen and electric powered heat pumps and from 2025 no new homes could be connected to the gas grid. All petrol and diesel cars would have to be banned from sale from 2035 at the latest, although flights would not be banned. A fifth of all the farmland in the UK would need to be set aside for carbon capture, either woods and forest or restoration of peat bogs or for growing biofuel crops and a total of 1.5 billion new trees would need to be planted.]]>
Edward has been a news reporter in Moscow and has written features for the Sunday Times and the Moscow Times.
Some of the places he has worked at include RT (Russia Today) and BBC World.As well as Russia and the former CIS, Edward specialises on the environment and has directed a half hour film on the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.
At Belong, Edward has developed a strong environmental slant for the magazine, including a series of features focussing on environmental problems. The environment affects all of us and Belong is a magazine with an international outlook, with stories from all around the world.
Latest posts by Edward Cowley (see all)
- Why is California So at Risk from Wildfires? - 13th November 2019
- Carbon Offsetting is Growing but Does it Make a Difference? - 11th November 2019
- Three Confirmed Dead as Australia Prepares for “Catastrophic” Bushfires - 11th November 2019