Today’s Solutions: January 24, 2022

The building and housing sector are one of today’s major contributors to global warming and the climate crisis. Acknowledging the urgent need to find a solution to this problem, the Welsh government has recently issued plans requiring all new homes in the country to be heated and powered by clean energy.

Housing currently accounts for 9 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in Wales. But under the new proposals, houses built after 2025 will be more energy-efficient, cheaper to run and produce up to 80 percent less CO2 emissions.

By the end of 2020, buildings are expected to transition away from fossil-fuel-dependent energy sources and towards low-carbon alternatives, such as renewables, heat pumps and district heating networks that can heat multiple buildings from a central source.

Officials estimate that once fully implemented the new home energy efficiency drive would lead to a 37 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from new homes compared with current standards, while also saving homeowners an average of £180 ($235) a year on bills.

The plans follow the Welsh Government’s declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ last year and come as it prepares to bring forward legislation to adopt a 95 percent greenhouse gas reduction target for 2050.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Fish poop feeds world’s largest vertical farm

Almost the size of two entire city blocks, a sprawling new building under construction in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, will soon hold the title of the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. The building, which occupies an ... Read More

UK university gives free kits that test for spiked drinks to students

Going out with friends for a night out on the town is a luxury (especially these days) that everyone should have the right to enjoy without the niggling fear in the back of their minds ... Read More

4,500 year old grave of bioengineered ‘donkeys’ uncovered

When someone says the word ‘bioengineered’ most people would say they think of lab grown cancer causing crops. However, this is actually extremely far from the truth. A new study, published in Science Advances, shows ... Read More

Documenting glossy black cockatoos return after bushfires

After enduring a few years of summer bushfires, particularly between 2019 and 2020, the glossy black cockatoo (or “glossies”) population in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales is struggling. To help bolster the threatened ... Read More

Career Stuck? To know what you want, you must first know what you dislike

When someone tells you to “follow your passion,” the advice isn’t inherently wrong. It’s simply incomplete. Knowing what you enjoy in a career is essential, but knowing what you dislike is even more crucial and ... Read More

Mars News: Perseverance finds organic molecules

NASA’s Perseverance rover has been wandering around Mars since it reached the planet on February 18th, 2021. Here at The Optimist Daily, we have tried to keep our readers up to date with the latest ... Read More