Carbon?! We hear about it every day, but what is it?
It is the buzz word of the moment, in every magazine, news report and tweet you would be hard pressed to find someone not talking about becoming Carbon Neutral, Zero Carbon, Carbon conscious or just carbon savvy!
It can all be a confusing place and saving the planet should be easy if we all pull together, right?
To start things off I need to take you back to the science lab in your secondary school, there’s the Bunsen burners, the trays of test tubes and if you're lucky a white coat or two! On the wall is the periodic table – at this point you’ll either be shuddering in your boots at the memories, or breaking out into song… Hydrogen, Helium (and continue!) on this table you will find the element Carbon. At room temperature this non-metal element is a solid state – the fun starts when you mix this element with oxygen to make a compound called CO2.
When talking about Carbon in terms of emissions we can look to Carbon Dioxide or CO2. A colourless, odourless gas produced by burning carbon and organic compounds and by respiration. The increase of CO2 in our atmosphere is creating an imbalance, as a planet we are releasing more CO2 into our atmosphere than can be removed.
We add to it by the burning of coal and fossil fuels to power our homes, the fuel we burn to run our cars and vans, but it is even a product of respiration in living things. To decrease the amount of CO2 in our air we need plants for photosynthesis and we need the sea to dissolve it.
In the past 100 years our lifestyles and way of living have meant that we have more ways of producing CO2 but less ways to decrease it, deforestation and drying up of our waters due to the increase in global temperature is a man-made problem and one, as inhabitants on this planet we need to fix!
Net zero means ‘having a ‘zero’ balance between the amount of greenhouse gases being put into the atmosphere and those taken out.’
Practices need to be put in place to help with the offsetting of this carbon – this could be creating green energy with wind, solar or earth power. Using electric vehicles which are powered by these renewable energies, it can also be as small as walking to the shop instead of driving and only boiling the water you need for your tea break.
We are here to help make the steps to net zero available to everyone, our mission is to ‘Reduce the impact of our homes on our planet’ from your home to ours.
Sero identify where your home can save energy and how we can better use the available renewable technologies to reduce all of our Carbon emissions and how we can work together in communities to ensure everyone has the same opportunity to save our planet.
Together we can!