Pump up the bike tyres, grab the bus pass, and find the nearest metro station; the EU is investing €2.7 billion in sustainable and digitised public transport projects, such as electric trams or researching alternative fuel. However I choose to move, I can get from A to B with minimum impact on the environment.
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Make a difference in the fight against climate change
Need a little help in reducing the carbon footprint? The EU is investing in research to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by us all. Each year, as much as 20% of the entire EU budget – that’s €180 billion – is devoted to supporting climate-related projects. From creating more reliable emissions tests for new cars, to ensuring that all new buildings produce as much energy as they consume by 2020.
Ready to say goodbye to petrol and diesel cars and buy an electric vehicle? In the EU, there are nearly 120,000 charging points so I can keep my battery full to the brim. The EU has also invested €41.8 million in the Green eMotion initiative. By partnering with manufacturers, universities, industry figures and more, they are encouraging more electric vehicles on to the streets of my city, making it cleaner and more energy efficient.
By making small changes to my lifestyle, I can make a big difference. This could be as simple as turning off the light when I leave a room, or buying thicker curtains to keep my house warm. I could also use the EU’s energy labelling system for household appliances, which helps me to choose to buy an A+ electric oven, rather than a D class, saving me up to €230 on my energy bill.
Want to do more than switching off lights and using public transport? Why not install some rooftop solar panels or a wind turbine – they’re better for my carbon footprint and my energy bill! The EU aims at sourcing at least 27% of the EU’s energy from renewables by 2030. I can even charge my phone via mini-solar panels, so if the sun’s up, nothing can stop my selfie.
Worried about extreme weather and rising sea levels? The EU is making communities more resilient to the consequences of climate change by restoring wetland and green areas to act as natural barriers against sea-level rise, and developing green spaces in communities to combat air pollution and heat waves. They’re even finding ways to improve water conservation – why not install a treatment tank so I can reuse water from my sink and shower to flush my toilet?
How it works
The EU is a world-leader in the fight against climate change. It’s taking an ambitious approach to protecting our planet through the commitment made to the targets set in the Paris Agreement. EU regulations are requiring countries to invest in renewable energy, and car manufacturers working in Europe must take drastic action to reduce the emissions of their cars and vans as a result of EU law. But the EU is also taking action in my local town too – from funding new eco-friendly technologies and transport, to preparing local communities for the reality of climate change.
Did you know
of the energy in the EU is produced from renewable sources – double the amount compared to 2004.
The year that the EU reached it’s 2020 target of reducing Green House Gas emissions by 20%. In the future, the EU aims to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030, and EU leaders have committed to reducing emissions by 80% to 95% by 2050.
of CO2 emissions actually stem from buildings. Transport actually accounts for a relatively small percentage.
(million tonnes of oil equivalent) can be saved through eco-design and energy labelling by 2020 – the same as the annual primary energy consumption of Italy.
The fall in price of solar panels over the past 7 years. What’s more, in 2011, 70% of the 100GW solar panels installed worldwide were in the EU.
A 10% increase in green spaces in a city can reduce the temperature by 3-4%, which in turn reduces the need for air conditioning.
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