08 Oct 2008 05:10:45
Consumers 'must think about carbon'
Shoppers need to be more aware of carbon when they purchase products, one environmental expert has said.
Martyn Williams, climate change campaigner for Friends of the Earth, said that consumers should start to "steadily change" the way they think when buying goods.
He said that consumers need to "consider the carbon" and "not just the cost, colour or whatever it is you thought about before".
"It's not an instant thing. Every time somebody buys a new house, plans renovations to their house, changes their car or buys new products like washing machines, dishwashers, whatever it might be, people need to buy the most efficient ones possible."
Mr Williams also suggested that people try walking or using public transport to go to work and where possible to "avoid using the fossil fuels that are causing the problem".
A recent report from government advisors the Committee on Climate Change suggested a cut in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 80 per cent was needed by 2050.