The recession has seen a reduction in carbon emissions as homeowners look to reduce bills from energy suppliers by using less energy, according to the Cumbria Green Business Forum (CGBF).
The forum, whose members share the latest energy-saving techniques, was responding to figures from the International Energy Agency suggesting that global emissions are on track to show a fall steeper than any in the last 40 years.
John Barwise, chair of the CGBF, said the question remains as to whether there will be the will to compare energy practices and continue pursuing these reductions when the economy begins to recover.
Mr Barwise said: "As markets pick again the big challenge will be whether there is the political will to force the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are needed now to slow the rate of global warming in the long-term."
He went on to describe the link between recession and reduced emissions as "basic common sense."
The UK is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050.
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