Energy and climate change

Climate change is caused by an increase in the amount of greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere. Greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat in the Earth's atmosphere making the Earth warmer.

Activities that produce greenhouse gas emissions include energy use from coal, transport, waste disposal and agriculture. Scientists warn that an increase in the Earth’s temperature is likely to cause more frequent and severe weather events such as bushfires and floods and may also contribute to sea level rise, loss of wildlife as well as a range of other environmental, social and economic impacts.

Energy prices are rising, but it can be cheap and easy to reduce your power use, saving money on your electricity bills whilst at the same time reducing your impact of climate change. Rising concerns over climate change combined with rising electricity prices has encouraged more households and businesses to use electricity from renewable sources such as the sun and wind.