EU promises 'a new industrial revolution'

| 15th January 2007
News web pic 2_137.jpg
The European Commission has set out plans to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2 degrees. The authors said that limiting global warming to 2ºC is both technically feasible and economically affordable if the international community acts swiftly.
 

The Commissions hopes to achieve a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 through a raft of new energy plans which it likens to a new industrial revolution. The proposals include:

  • an EU-wide energy market, which the commission claims would trigger investment in energy
  • a binding target for 20% of energy to be supplied from renewable sources by 2020
  • a requirement for transport fuels to contain 10% biofuel by 2020
  • a requirement for primary energy use to be reduced by 20%
  • an increase in the annual budget for energy research by 50%.

Although it is too early to tell what effect the proposals will have, environmentalists have already raised concerns over the measures, arguing that the targets are too weak and that a nod to nuclear energy and the need for US support may cause problems.

Donate

The Ecologist has a formidable reputation built on fifty years of investigative journalism and compelling commentary from writers across the world. Now, as we face the compound crises of climate breakdown, biodiversity collapse and social injustice, the need for rigorous, trusted and ethical journalism has never been greater. This is the moment to consolidate, connect and rise to meet the challenges of our changing world. The Ecologist is owned and published by the Resurgence Trust. Support The Resurgence Trust from as little as £1. Thank you. Donate here