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Five implications of energy price rises – it’s time to act!

electricity pylons and sun, by Chemban from Pixabay

Human society, let alone life in general, can’t run without energy. In the UK we’ve grown accustomed to the ease of flicking the switch or filling up the tank and having instant access to relatively cheap energy. The rapid rise in wholesale prices, fuelled further by the war in Ukraine, has been a shock to the system with repercussions for everyone – albeit in hugely varying degrees of severity. Fossil fuel companies are enjoying record profits while the number of fuel poor households is rising. In the middle of all this the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have issued another alarming report, warning that time really is running out. The climate crisis has reached a crunch point and the cost of not addressing it fast is also rising, both for people and nature (if you believe that the two are separate).

Are there any possible positive outcomes to be found here? Let’s look at five ways in which high energy prices could stimulate climate action and improve lives:

As citizens we need to use the power we do have to help make it all happen. The Jump’s research shows that we “have direct influence over 25- 27 per cent of the emissions savings needed by 2030 to avoid ecological meltdown“. Let’s make it count!

York Energy Advice flyer If you’re in York and need support on energy issues, our York Energy Advice project with York Community Energy can help those struggling with energy bills who are either on a low income, aged 65+ or experiencing a long term health issue. Those able to pay for home improvements can seek advice from York Community Energy.

This post was written by St Nicks Sustainability Officer and Project Co-ordinator of York Energy Advice Ivana Jakubkova, who also has an unpaid position as Treasurer of York Community Energy.

15 March 2022 | Categories: One Planet Living, Opinion Piece | Tags: carbon emissions, energy, energy efficiency, fossil fuels, green recovery, heat pump, low carbon, one planet living, retrofit