Setting Goals for 2030 to Prevent Climate Change

Setting Goals for 2030 to Prevent Climate Change

Euro Barometer surveys show that Europeans perceive climate change very seriously. Nearly nine out of ten respondents consider climate change a serious problem and one of the main culprits of climate change are greenhouse gases. The European Union has decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. In order to achieve this goal the energy sector will

Euro Barometer surveys show that Europeans perceive climate change very seriously.

Nearly nine out
of ten respondents consider climate change a serious problem and one of the main culprits of climate change are greenhouse gases. The European Union has decided to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050.

In order to achieve this goal the energy sector will have to by 2050 abolish all related CO2 emissions, which means electricity with no emissions. In order to have electricity without emissions by 2050 we must make the right decisions now. There are at least ten ways of producing energy from renewable sources, all of which are free of emissions.

To prevent climate change, we must increase the emission reduction targets set for 2020 to 30%, and set targets for the period after 2020. In addition, it is necessary to ensure the continued growth of renewable energy to replace energy sources that generate pollution. European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will not be able to accomplish all this alone; it helps reduce emissions, but does not encourage investments in the renewable energy sector, said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA.

Investments in renewable  energy sources by 2020 is regulated by the Directive on renewable energy from 2009 and the binding targets of the European Union for renewable energy and reducing CO2 emissions. In order to retain investor confidence in renewable energy it is necessary to set up legislation for the period after the year 2020 that will include binding targets for renewables and reducing emissions for the 2030.

With all the above mentioned, it is necessary to specify the plans for the development of electric power networks. The Energy Roadmap for 2050 is expected to be issued later this year and should provide guidelines for the creation of the necessary legislation, concluded Kjaer.

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