05 Mar 2008 10:03:36
Older generation 'setting low carbon trend'
The trend of installing low carbon methods of renewable energy generation in domestic properties is being adopted by a "dedicated group" of middle-aged and retired people, Yvonne Cook has claimed.
Writing for redorbit.com, Ms Cook claimed that the "grey-greens" are leading the way in the uptake of microgeneration technology and asserted that recent research shows the rest of the UK needs to follow suit if the government's carbon reduction targets are to be met.
"We lag behind the rest of Europe - the UK has only two per cent of the European market share of solar thermal water heaters, for example," said Robin Roy, a leader of research for Open University's Design Innovation Group and a professor of design and environment.
He suggested that one way to encourage the uptake of low carbon technology may be to provide more advice to individuals regarding the type of products available, particularly if it is tailored to their individual needs.
Figures from the Energy Saving Trust have shown that some 60 per cent of domestic carbon dioxide emissions come from boilers and indicate emissions could be cut "significantly" if a condensing model is installed instead.