Lockdown carbon savings drop by half
The UK’s carbon savings achieved during the coronavirus lockdown are falling away, according to new analysis from management consultancy Sia Partners.
Carbon emissions reportedly fell by 36% during the first four weeks of the lockdown, but by June this had become a 16% drop, reflecting the increase in transport usage and energy demand.
The report also says that a second lockdown during the winter months could lead to higher carbon emissions than currently anticipated.
“If there was a second lockdown during the winter, homes would rely on gas-heating to keep their homes warm all day, which would produce far more emissions than during the summer. It would probably counter most of the savings from less commuting”, commented Chloé Depigny, a senior manager at Sia Partners.