Energy, Climate Change & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Climate change is caused by an increase in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from the burning of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and gas) for energy. GHGs trap heat in our planet's atmosphere and cause global temperatures to rise, resulting in climate-related disasters such as extreme heatwaves, heavy flooding and reduced food harvests.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that access to energy is a cornerstone of a just society. However, in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, this energy must come from renewable sources that do not contribute to GHG Emissions.
Trinity has adopted four energy objectives to reduce our GHG Emissions:
1) Increase energy efficiency by 33% from 2006 baseline.
2) Increase renewable energy use by 14%.
3) Reduce GHG Emissions (Direct & Indirect) by 2% each year.
4) Create a plan for Climate Change (Mitigation & Adaptation) by 2020.
Our Sustainability Report details the progress that has been made in their implementation.
Each of us has a responsibility to live sustainably - our Sustainability Guides are full of tips on how you can reduce your GHG Emissions!
Here are our Top 3 Green Tips for minimizing your energy consumption:
- Unplug/ switch off the plug for any electrical item that is not in use. Power cords and appliances continue to draw up to 40% electricity even when they are not in use, if they are plugged in.
- Turn off unnecessary lights when a room is not in use or there is sufficient daylight.
- Heated appliances use the most electricity, so air dry as much as you can. Let your hair and clothes dry naturally instead of using electricity.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 7 is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy for all.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
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