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21 Jun 2010 02:06:02

Changing clocks 'would cut carbon emissions'



Changing clocks 'would cut carbon emissions'
A new report has been released which suggests that altering the clocks in the UK by one hour could have a significant impact on carbon emissions.

The research was led by Dr Elizabeth Garnsey at Cambridge University and was based on the concept of putting the clocks forward by one hour, meaning the UK would be on GMT+1 in the winter and GMT+2 in the summer.

Such a move would save half a million tonnes of carbon emissions in the winter alone, the report published in Energy Policy suggested.

The study was carried out on behalf of the 10:10 climate change movement, which is currently running a Lighter Later campaign.

Dr Garnsey said: "The carbon savings associated with this clock change are significant, equivalent to the carbon footprint of the production of 1,800 plastic bags for every home in Britain every year, or taking around 200,000 cars off the road."

To compile the study, researchers looked at half hourly electricity usage over the winter months and assessed how this was affected by the clocks changing.

The 10:10 campaign aims to current carbon emissions by ten percent this year, with the London Underground recently becoming the latest organisation to sign up. ADNFCR-1235-ID-19848748-ADNFCR


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