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What can I do about Climate Change?

To empower our residents and to see how they can make a saving to their Carbon footprint, we have put together a top 10 list of ideas, based on the consultation responses we have had so far.

  1. I pledge to reduce my clothing consumption, reduce fast fashion purchases and buy second hand clothes where suitable. Buying a new top could have a similar Carbon impact as several days’ typical power consumption. In the UK, we buy more clothes per person than any other country in Europe, which creates 1.3m tonnes of waste, causing 26 million tonnes of Carbon dioxide emissions from production to disposal. This was the most popular option during online consultation and the second most popular pledge during face to face consultation.
  2. I pledge to install LEDs in my home. By replacing standard lights with LED, you can make huge savings, going from 50 watts of electricity per hour to just 6. This was the most popular option during face to face consultation - this pledge is particularly important post-pandemic, as people are spending significantly more time in their homes. Making sure the home is as energy efficient as possible is a critical message.
  3. I pledge to reduce the amount of red meat from my diet. Studies show that the production of 1kg of beef releases greenhouse gases with a warming potential equivalent to 36.4kg of Carbon dioxide. A ‘Meatless Monday’ advocate saves about 869kg of CO2 per year compared to a typical meat eater. This was the third most popular option during online engagement.
  4. I pledge to use up my leftovers and compost my food waste. The savings associated with the reduction in food that could have been eaten amount to around 5.0 million tonnes of CO2 a year and this saving is equivalent to taking 2.2 million cars off the road for a year. In the UK, the average family throws away 22% of their weekly shop, which is worth £800 per year. This was the second most popular option during online engagement. Spending more time at home means an increase in potential household food waste, but also gives people more scope to use up leftovers and cook.
  5. I pledge to do my laundry at 30°C and to dry it on a washing line or clothes horse. By washing your laundry at 30°C and drying it on the line, you produce just 0.6kg CO2 vs 3.3kg if washed at 60°C and dried in the machine. This option was popular during online consultation.
  6. I pledge to enquire about switching my energy supplier to 100% renewable energy provider. This is essential if the UK is to achieve a Carbon neutral status, especially with people spending more time at home. We can provide a guide on how to best make these enquiries, as it can be very confusing establishing which companies make the meaningful investments into renewables required to support the expansion of renewables production.
  7. I pledge to try out cycling. The production and energy used through riding bicycles release just 21g of CO2 per km per person, less than 10% of the 271g for a standard car. Promoting cycling is of urgency during the pandemic, as it is the safest, greenest option for transportation..
  8. I pledge to ensure I have thermostats and controls that allow me to track my energy usage. You can save £80 and 320 kg Carbon dioxide a year by turning the room thermostat down by one degree.
  9. I pledge to choose repair over buying a new product. 80% of the Carbon emitted in relation to a new laptop is released during the manufacturing and distribution processes, so try and get products repaired rather than simply buying new. This featured highly in the online survey.
  10. I pledge to work from home once a week. Where suitable, the possible savings (if you could avoid a 31-mile (50km) round trip once a week), could be as high as 275kg in CO2 a year. Start today, find out about Electric Vehicle Charging Points near you and Cycle Hangars - Lockable Bike Shelters.

What can I recycle and where

TerraCycle and WasteAware provide advice and information on what you can recycle and where.

Get in touch

Call 01438 242158 or email, planning.policy@stevenage.gov.uk.