The world is running out of time to deal with global warming, according to a report last year from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In a week that has seen record temperatures across Europe, we look at some key statistics on climate change.

  • 30%
    of Britain’s electricity could be generated by offshore wind farms by 2030, under a joint government-industry plan
  • 1.5C
    The maximum rise in temperature recommended the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change by 2100
  • 100%
    The amount by which Britain’s greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by 2050 under the Committee on Climate Change report recommendation
  • 195
    The number of signatory nations to the Paris Climate Accord in 2015
  • 56cm
    The amount that sea levels will rise if climate change brings a temperature rise of 2C by 2100
  • 23%
    The amount contributed to climate change by the transport industry, according to a report by EV100
  • £40bn
    The amount the Government plans to spend on offshore wind power

The research warned of heat waves, rising seas and a “shocking rise in hunger” if warming is not limited to 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial levels.

On 2 May, the UK Committee on Climate Change issued a report offering advice to the Government on how to meet environmental targets, which will have far-reaching effects on business.

It follows the Climate Change Act 2008, which set an ambitious target for Britain: that by 2050, emissions of greenhouse gases would be 80pc lower than in 1990.

In the decade that has followed, the Government has introduced plans such as the joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal, under which a third of Britain’s electricity will be produced by offshore wind by 2030, and more than £40bn of investment into the offshore wind sector.

Chancellor Philip Hammond also introduced measures to phase out fossil-fuel heaters in new-build homes by 2025 in his March 2019 Spring Statement.

These measures come amid global attempts to limit greenhouse gas emissions, such as the 2015 Paris Agreement that was signed by 195 nations.

Around the world, industry bodies are taking the initiative alongside governments, with the non-profit EV100 group pushing for adoption of electric vehicles to help countries achieve climate goals.

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