Avoiding waste from food and clothing could cut carbon emissions
Efforts to cut the amount of waste that we incur from food and clothing could help countries like United Kingdom (UK) cut their annual carbon emissions.
A report in The Independent UK showed that fast fashion, wasteful eating habits and our demand for the latest mobile phone or electronic gadget all have roles to play in climate change.
The report particularly cited a study from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIEMAP), which found that more careful use of British resources could cut emissions far more than most government climate policies have managed in recent years.
As for food, an average family wastes £700 every year due to food that has not been eaten.
“Avoiding it [food waste] would bring the UK more than 15 per cent closer to meeting its next emissions target,” the report said.
However, while there is a role for the individual in reducing waste, the report’s authors also called for policies that will help make the UK more efficient at every level.
“Our research shows that resource efficiency is an effective and unexplored opportunity to bridge the UK’s emissions gap,” said CIEMAP director John Barrett .
“Looking beyond energy policies will also be needed if we are to achieve international climate ambitions, such as those set out in the Paris climate agreement. This is an important part of the jigsaw if we are to achieve net zero emissions,” he added.