But while it’s good to remember last year’s achievements, it is next year and the future that will be critical. Despite the focus we’ve had on Covid-19 in 2020, the climate emergency has most definitely not gone away, and indeed is intensifying.
At Energy Saving Trust we are now working on the assumption that we have around five years before it will be too late to decisively change the trajectory of carbon emissions and keep the rise in global temperatures well below the 2°C Paris Agreement target, with all the severe and disruptive consequences missing this target would bring.
So, given that 2021 is a fifth of this remaining time to act, its importance is clear.
On a positive note, the pandemic has shown we can make huge changes when we have to. With the vital COP26 climate event being held in Glasgow this year, 2021 offers the opportunity for a green recovery from Covid-19, in which the UK and the rest of the world commit and invest to decisively move national and global economies onto a pathway to net zero carbon emissions.