UK love affair with gadgets will threaten carbon targets

A new report says the UK will miss its 2020 carbon targets because of the British public’s obsession with electrical gadgets. The Energy Saving Trust have estimated 34% reduction target […]

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By Tom Gibson

A new report says the UK will miss its 2020 carbon targets because of the British public’s obsession with electrical gadgets. The Energy Saving Trust have estimated 34% reduction target will be missed by seven million tonnes.

Report author Dr Paula Owen said: “Although the findings of our study do make for stark reading, our message is that our domestic choices and behaviour in our homes can make a bigger impact than people think. Our love affair with domestic gadgets and gizmos has to change, just because you have bought an efficient appliance, doesn’t mean you can use it carelessly and never switch it off.”

Despite more awareness of the need to save energy, through the increased use of such appliances as plasma TVs, tumble dryers and American-style fridges, the UK public is consuming more energy than five years ago.

Britishdesigner Wayne Hemingway MBE said more attention had to be given to the design of more efficient products: “Clearly we are not going to reverse, nor do we want to reverse the tremendous technological strides that mankind is making, but we must harness all this creativity to ensure that we are not storing up an environmental time bomb that will lead future generations to regret our technological advances.

The Energy Saving Trust aims to help people save energy and reduce carbon emissions.