The Low Carbon-Society

The basic idea of low carbon society is to cut down all carbon dioxide emissions without endangering any developing needs. Based on this the ultimate aim is to enable the society to produce only the amount carbon dioxide which can be absorbed by nature. In that way, society would be carbon neutral. It is obvious that low carbon society is not achievable if we continue to live our lives in a current way. Moving towards low carbon society is vital to our planet and it calls for action from all countries, organizations but also from individuals. 

This PowerPoint presentation is made by Japan ministry of the environment. It concentrates on explaining what is low carbon society and what are the principles of it. At the end of the file, there is also information about which kind of actions are needed to be done by individuals, corporations and the government. 

Building a low-carbon society

The next research article deals with some key policies and practices of the low carbon society. The main reason why it is being selected to be read is that it clarifies well what kind of role the stakeholders have in the low carbon society. However, the article also gives you some basic information about the low carbon society and its relation to the sustainable development. The research article was written by Jim Skea and Shuzo Nishioka and the project is organised by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) in Japan and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the UK. 

Policies and practices for a low carbon society

Land use   

Even though burning fossil fuels is usually the reason to blame when it comes to the climate change, land use has a significant role in carbon emissions. Human-made land adaptation can cause carbon dioxide levels to rise in several ways. Humans tend to remould the land for their own needs and this remoulding usually tends to rise carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. For instance, cutting down trees for construction increases carbon dioxide levels. If the trees are burnt after logging, carbon dioxide emissions are quite straightforward. If the trees are used for instance as a material for furniture, the impact for the atmosphere is not so clear. In that scenario, carbon dioxide storages are preserved for a longer time.  

The European Union has taken notice of how much land use affects the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide levels. Therefore, the EU has made a land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) draft law. The idea of the LULUCF is that logging will be restricted so that we won’t destroy forests’ meaning as carbon sinks. The LULUCF has raised a lot of discussions, especially in Finland. That is why you can take a look at it. The link underneath will give you some basic information about what the LULUCF is all about. First, there is some information on why the LULUCF has been made. Then there is also some information about the biomass and what is its role in climate change mitigation. Then there is also some information on proposal’s flexibility and stakeholders. 

LULUCF

The following IPCC´s report contains some more detailed information about land use in relation to the climate change. 

IPCC report

Landscape  

The landscape has also a huge effect on the low carbon society. For instance, the landscape can determine whether a wind farm can be built to a certain place. It is also notable that renewable energy solutions, for instance, wind energy moulds landscape in a remarkable way. Landscapes can also be used as an aid when renewable energy is being built. For instance, in the urban area, solar panels can be placed on top of the buildings. Natural landscape can be used as a help, for instance, when wind farms are being built. 

The PDF-file underneath is a research paper on a case study in Slovakia. The research will give you some basic information on advantages and disadvantages of many renewable energy productions, but most importantly it gives you information on how renewable energy manufacturing effects the ecological landscape. Feel free to check it.  

Effects of Sustainable Energy Facilities