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MY PLANET. MY LIFE.

Make a difference in the fight against climate change

IN THE FAST LANE

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.  

CUTTING CARBON

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.

RECHARGE AND GO

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. 

GREEN LIVING

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 to help me choose an A+ electric oven, rather than a D-class one, saving me up to €230 on my energy bill.

RENEWABLE REVOLUTION

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 to source at least 27% of the EU’s energy from renewables by 2030. And it’s investing a whopping €40 billion in supporting the low-carbon economy. So my future’s looking bright and sustainable! I can even charge my phone via mini-solar panels, so if the sun’s up, nothing can stop my selfie.

ADAPTING TO THE FUTURE

Worried about extreme weather and rising sea levels? The EU is making communities more resilient to the consequences of climate change by restoring wetlands 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 its commitment  to the targets set in the Paris Agreement. EU regulations require 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, in line with EU law.But the EU is also taking action in my local town – from funding new eco-friendly technologies and transport, to preparing local communities for the reality of climate change. 

    Did you know?

    17%

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    of energy in the EU is produced from renewable sources – double the 2004 output.

    2014

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    The year that the EU reached its 2020 target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 20%. In the future, the EU aims to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030, and EU leaders have committed to slashing emissions by 80%-95% by 2050.

    40%

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    of CO2 emissions stem from buildings. Transport actually accounts for a relatively small percentage.

    175 Mtoe

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    (million tonnes of oil equivalent) can be saved through eco-design and energy labelling by 2020 – the same as all the energy Italy uses in a year. 

    70%

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    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.

    Cool down

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    A 10% increase in green areas in a city can reduce the temperature by 3-4%, which in turn reduces the need for air conditioning. 

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    /euandme/file/oona-euandme-short-film-directed-zaida-bergroth-0_enOona: an #EUandME short film directed by Zaida Bergroth

    Oona, directed by Zaida Bergroth

    After becoming lost and stranded in a menacing forest, a young girl must rely on the assistance of an unlikely friend to find her way home.

    /euandme/file/oona-euandme-short-film-directed-zaida-bergroth-0_enOona: an #EUandME short film directed by Zaida Bergroth

    /euandme/file/oona-official-euandme-trailer-0_enOona: the official #EUandME trailer

    /euandme/file/behind-scenes-oona-euandme-short-film-0_enBehind the scenes of Oona: an #EUandMe short film

    Oona
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