From our earliest days our parents drilled us about the roads, and road safety. Everyday, every opportunity it was hammered home — look left, look right, then look left again was one of the many rules of life pushed upon us.
As with road safety, we need to appreciate that “Energy Efficiency” is more than a one-time event – A wider carbon consciousness is needed.
Its more than a one-time event, its more purchasing a energy efficient appliance. Ultimately, energy efficiency must become full-time carbon consciousness that includes everything from turning off unnecessary lighting to replacing light bulbs to turning off appliances such as televisions when not in use.
A study from the United Kingdom [link] importantly highlights that carbon consciousness will save more than thought possible. The study shows the gross carbon emitted is thirty percent (30%) higher than individually calculated outputs. Dr Adam Hawkes author of the paper said:
“This means any reduction we make in our electricity use — for example, if everyone switched off lights that they weren’t using, or turned off electric heating earlier in the year — could have a bigger impact on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by power stations than previously thought.
Because we have only two power generators the outcome of this study will not impact the carbon emission factors used in Hong Kong. However, if we consider our neighbours, and S.E. Asia countries, higher emission factors offer the potential for more carbon savings — and carbon consciousness will have a greater impact than previously imagined.
– John A. Herbert, Consultant