Growing concern over climate change driven by man-made carbon emissions is prompting governments world wide to look at ways of stabilising or reducing their carbon footprint. The United Kingdom unveiled plans to set a “legally binding” target to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 and the European Union has agreed to cut emissions by 20% between now and 2020.
New, more energy efficient technologies will play a large part on achieving these targets, with the emphasis being on making betteruse of existing resources in the short term while planningfor new forms of energy in the longer term.
Nanotechnologies, already funded to the tune of four billion pounds by governments worldwide, are becoming a major weapon in the struggle against climate change. The six technologies discussed in this report are all available now or within the next two years, and some have been making stealthy inroads into global industry for as long as a decade