Among the many common threats of global warming, greenhouse gasses have been highlighted by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as having an immense impact on the environment. Until the year 2040, around 93% of the world’s carbon capacity is predicted to be in use, leaving little room for future projects without contributing to a great increase in global temperatures.
Expanding on the issue, Dr Faith Birol, Executive Director of IEA told the Guardian, “We have no room to build anything that emits CO2 emissions. We are eating up to 95% of the [carbon] budget, even if we don’t do anything else. Which of course is possible, not building any more trucks or power plants.”
In addition to this, it was calculated by the IEA that the current pre-existing projects are expected to be producing around 550 gigatonnes of CO2 to 2040, leaving as little as 40 gigatonnes of emissions left for any further infrastructure.
With the intention of walking towards a “carbon-neutral future”, the government will move to a Future Homes Standard method and according to chancellor Philip Hammond, this upcoming scheme is set to mark the “ending of fossil fuel heating systems” in all new homes by 2025.
When fossil fuels are burned, they emit high levels of carbon dioxide, contributing greatly to the greenhouse effect, and it is this pollution that is causing masses of collateral damage regarding global warming.