The EU’s 2030 goals for climate and energy

are you worried about your future and is climate change one of your concerns how about we tackle all these problems at the same time yes it’s possible now that’s why the European Commission has proposed new climate and energy targets up to 2030 by firstly cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels with the ultimate goal of reducing them by at least 80 percent by 2050 does this sound a bit ambitious to you well we’ve already lowered our emissions by 18 percent since 1990 while our gross domestic product has grown by 45 percent so even if fighting global warming is a real challenge it’s an opportunity for our economy as well first of all it will be good for competitiveness and innovation many sectors will develop quickly in the coming years such as sustainable construction clean transport energy-efficient products renewable energy for instance green jobs already increased from 3 million in 2002 to 4.2 million in 2011 and that’s just the beginning secondly by favoring renewable energy and energy efficient solutions we also reduce our dependence on imported energy and with this our oil import bill which is 1 billion euros per day the EU is not alone in taking climate action many countries are on the same track but Europe is clearly leading the world from now until 2020 at least 20% of the EU budget will be spent on climate action that’s around a hundred and eighty billion euros so tackling climate change means business good business and it’s everybody’s business 2030 goals for climate and energy Europe is showing the way towards a safe and prosperous low-carbon future for our planet and our economy you

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