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One-stop shop to tackle climate change

The social enterprise behind the site is trying to speed up the transition to a net zero carbon Britain

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Angela Terry with the Renault Zoe electric car. Photograph: Jon Craig
Angela Terry with the Renault Zoe electric car. Photograph: Jon Craig

A new not-for-profit website in the UK aims to give citizens clear advice on practical and impactful ways to tackle climate change.

 

OneHome.org.uk, from the social enterprise, Climate Alliance, enables the environmental industry to give consumers coherent, engaging information to try to speed up the transition to a net zero carbon Britain through a cross-industry portal.

 

It covers a wide range of topics, including how to make your home warmer through energy efficiency, a guide on choosing electric and hybrid cars, information on the carbon emissions of the food we eat and no-fly holiday ideas. There is also advice on adapting to the reality of climate change and users are being encouraged to share their climate actions on social media, using #OneHome, to help motivate others and create a groundswell of public support.

 

The website is the brainchild of environmental scientist Angela Terry who has 20 years’ experience working in the renewables industry and was one of the first pioneers of community renewable energy, raising more than £15 million for solar and wind farms.

 

“Having worked in the environmental industry for many years, I saw a real need for one platform which brings together accurate, practical information into one place that equips people with the know-how on what they can do to make a difference and also how to adapt to climate change,” said Terry.

 

“With One Home, my aim is to provide a cross-sector hub that brings together leaders from across the environmental industry, enabling them to communicate directly to consumers and work more effectively together to tell our story.

 

“We can show consumers that living a low-carbon lifestyle is beneficial to people and planet, and that moving away from fossil fuels is not only viable but also supports the UK’s low-carbon industry that offers affordable, reliable and home-grown energy.”

 

Sir David King, formerly the UK’s climate envoy (2013-2017) and the Government’s chief scientific adviser (2000-2007), has thrown his weight behind the project: "One Home offers citizens an opportunity to assess their lifestyle choices and make positive changes for the benefit of both people and the planet.

 

“The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris set an objective to ensure the planet does not exceed a two degree Celsius temperature rise above the pre-industrial level, and make every effort not to exceed a 1.5 degree Celsius temperature rise.

 

“This will not be possible without raising awareness of the situation. One Home can play a major role in this, encouraging a vital transformation of consumer habits and offering a holistic approach to the problem.”

 

In the UK in 2017, the average carbon footprint per person was more than seven tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. In the next 20 years, this needs to be cut down to one tonne per person if the country is to meet the UN objective.

 

The Climate Alliance was set up in 2017. Member companies share its ambition to increase the market for clean technology, reduce carbon emissions and help protect our planet. Independent UK wind farm developer, REP, has recently joined and is supporting the One Home project.

 

Richard Hadwin, director at REP, said: “The Government walked off the pitch a few years ago on this issue and the low carbon industry has a fragmented approach with each sector providing their own campaigns.

 

“The Climate Alliance provides the necessary umbrella body for the low carbon industry to pool their resources and offer a single market place for consumers. It is an obvious need, finally serviced.”

 

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