In our previous articles, we have discussed issues from different industries and the trends and challenges that pertain to those areas. A running theme that has been touched in the blog includes how people, companies and countries are striving for a greener future. This blog piece is no different; however, instead of companies or individual country or person, this blog will focus on the whole of the European region and how the EU and a non-EU country are fighting to reduce their carbon emissions.
The EU as was a 28, now 27 country bloc, that trades and carries itself out as one entity to represent all its members on the international stage. There are five industries the EU focuses on as the main drivers of CO2; these being agriculture, fuel consumption (without counting transport emission), and transport, including aviation, industrial processes and product use, and lastly waste management. As it stands right now, transport is accounting for 25% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it the second biggest greenhouse gas emitting sector after energy. As a result, cutting down on the total carbon dioxide emission is an important issue to tackle in Europe.
From 1990 until 2014, transport emissions had managed a steady climb. Despite this, other industries such as energy, residential, commercial and industrial have dropped the levels of CO2 they emit. The emission numbers for transport are expected to be higher due to the Volkswagen fiasco; in turn, Europe is now cracking down harder on automobile companies in an effort to quell the Greenhouse footprint. One of the nations working towards resolving this is use is Norway.
Whilst, the EU has set its aim to substantially reduce the emissions within the transport industry by 2050, Norway on the other hand is looking to ban the sale of non-electric cars by 2025, and for no new diesel or petrol cars to be sold by 2030. The news rang around social media with the head of Tesla Motors (electric car manufacturers), Elon Musk, hailing it as a great advancement in moving towards greener and more renewable energy. There is still some doubt whether or not Norway would be able to carry away with such a drastic motion towards eliminating diesel and petrol cars from being sold, considering part of the Norwegian economy depends on the sale of oil.
Europe is adamant to not slow down their progress towards a greener future. How successful the region is in carrying this out and being able to meet the goals they have set out is yet to be seen in the coming years.