Immense pressure to reduce global CO2 emissions has been put on to governments around the world, especially in the last 2 years by ‘climate activists’ such as #FridaysForFuture – a movement that began in August 2018, by schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who sat in front of the Swedish parliament striking every Friday, until the Swedish government policies provided a safe pathway well under 2-degree C, in line with the Paris agreement.
Coinciding with the timing and success of this pressure; at the end of 2019 the European Parliament released a ‘Green Deal’ in a bid to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, which will immediately change the old growth model based on fossil fuels and pollution, as out of date and out of touch with our planet.
The ‘Green Deal’ aim is to put in motion a rapid shift away from high polluting industries and technologies, a goal that will be enshrined in a ‘climate law’ committed to creating climate friendly industries and clean technologies.
It means updating the 2030 climate ambition from 40% to 50-55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions.
To achieve this the EU commission will begin with a review of every EU law and regulation in order to align with the new climate goals.
A ‘Circular Economy’ is the number one priority for the European Green Deal
and will include new waste and recycling laws, which will represent half of the carbon cuts required in the EU’s effort to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Adopting this circular solution especially for heavy industries, will help cut hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2.
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