It’s no secret that climate change is one of the leading health issues we face in the U.S. In order to fight climate change, many states have yearly goals set. However, in the last few months, we have been focusing all of our efforts on slowing the spread of COVID-19. As the entire world makes COVID-19 a priority, climate change efforts have taken a back seat. Climate change has already been impacted and will continue to be impacted by COVID-19 for years to come. In this blog, the experts at SunPower by Sea Bright Solar are examining both the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 on climate change. Continue reading to learn more.
How Is Climate Change Being Impacted Right Now?
In the last few months, COVID-19 has had both positive and negative impacts on climate change. In a study conducted by Prof. Christopher Knittel and Prof. Jing Li of MIT School of Management, results outline that there have been significant reductions in carbon emissions. As countries around the world enforce tight restrictions and stay at home orders, the number of people flying, driving, and littering has dropped significantly. From the end of March through the first week of June, the study found that the carbon emissions in China dropped by 25% and in the U.S. by 15%. This is the largest recorded carbon emissions drop in history.
Though our air quality has improved during the pandemic, we are also seeing some negative impacts. With the entire world focusing its efforts on slowing the spread of COVID-19, renewable energy investments have become less of a priority.
Other short-term impacts of COVID-19 include:
- The clean energy industry has lost over 600,000 jobs
- Electric vehicle sales are expected to drop by 43% in 2020
- The solar panel industry is experiencing delays in production and projects
- Many states throughout the country have already delayed addressing their climate change goals for the year
- The general population is distracted from their climate change efforts
With these troubling short-term effects in mind, we can only imagine how harmful COVID-19 is in regards to long-term climate change goals.
How Will Climate Change Be Affected in the Future?
While there is no definite answer here, the short-term impacts of COVID-19 on climate change efforts indicate that the long-term impacts can be devastating. Because climate change efforts are reliant on funding, everything depends on how quickly we can get our economy back up and running. In a suffering economy, climate change tends to become a much lower priority as efforts are focused elsewhere. Many states are already failing to meet their clean energy goals this year, and if the economy enters a persistent recession, chances are that each state will be far less likely to invest in clean energy until things turn around.
What Can I Do?
While the future is uncertain, one thing is clear: investing in renewable energy needs to remain a focus, even as we continue to work towards slowing the spread of COVID-19. Carbon emissions are down right now, but the long-term effects of delaying investments in clean energy can be severe and irreversible. We urge you to continue to keep climate change in mind and focus on reducing your environmental impact by investing in solar energy.
SunPower by Sea Bright Solar Is Here to Help
At SunPower by Sea Bright Solar, our team remains steadfast in our goal to reverse climate change. We are committed to delivering reliable, premium-quality solar energy services to our clients throughout California. Our renewable energy professionals are here to offer our expertise, whether you are embarking on your clean energy journey or are looking for new ways to continue to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
Our team continues our efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus while addressing climate change.
Give us a call at (909) 480-3783 or send us a message online to learn more about how our team can help you. We look forward to serving you.