People who switch energy practices in pursuit of greater efficiency could help Britain reduce its carbon emissions in line with targets outlined by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
In a new study, the CCC warned that carbon emissions have not fallen as much during the recession as recent reports suggest and that more needs to be done to encourage the development of low carbon technology.
Carbon emissions are estimated to have fallen by two per cent throughout the course of 2008, but the organisation said this figure needs to reach as high as three per cent each year for the next decade.
Joss Garman, climate campaigner for Greenpeace, said: "There's no reason to think the proposed reductions are unrealistic. But with the government's current policies it's true we won't hit these targets."
Under its Low Carbon Transition Plan, the Department for Energy and Climate Change intends to retrofit seven million UK homes and enable 1.5 million properties to install their own microgeneration facilities so they can potentially switch gas and electricity suppliers.
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