Outcomes of the COP26 Climate Change Conference and the benefits of the European Green Deal
The Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26) is a major event, bringing together leaders from all countries in the world to agree on how to step up global actions to solve the climate crisis.
The conference took place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK. There were two long weeks of negotiations between the parties to the United Nations convention on climate change (UNFCCC).
After the event, it remained a feeling of hope that true change is emerging. Here are some good to mention signs of progress, or what has been achieved so far:
- Financial institutions committed over 130 trillion dollars to help transform the economy to net-zero;
- Companies committed to decarbonize industry with the launch of the First Movers Coalitions;
- The European Climate Law has made the EU’s 55% emissions reduction targets legally binding for member states;
- the EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil, aims to reduce premature deaths due to air pollution by 55%, plastic litter in the sea by 50% and residual municipal waste by 50%, among other changes by 2030;
- The EU Renovation Wave, which envisages the overhaul by 2050 of 220 million buildings, to increase their environmental performances while generating costs savings for households;
- The EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices, signed by 65 organizations to increase the availability and affordability of healthy and sustainable food options;
- The EU strategy on Adaptation and Climate Change, whose objective is to reinforce the adaptive capacity of the EU and minimize vulnerability to climate change.
However, further efforts will be needed in the coming years to reach the Paris 1.5 degrees Celsius target.
Climate change is a reality and reality, as we know, is stubborn. The crisis caused by the coronavirus and its consequences might make us lose sight of problems like this, problems that are still there and have to be resolved.
In that way, the European Green Deal, a movement that seeks to save the planet for new generations based on sustainable growth, has been presented by the new European Commission to combat climate change, in December 2019.
The European Green Deal will improve the well-being and health of citizens and future generations by providing:
- Fresh air, clean water, healthy soil and biodiversity
- Renovated, energy efficient buildings
- Healthy and affordable food
- Sustainable mobility for reducing the emissions from cars, trains, shipping and air transport, by using more public transport –> check the New Mobility services provided by our team
- Cleaner energy and cutting-edge clean technological innovation
- Longer lasting products that can be repaired, recycled and re-used
- Future-proof jobs and skills training for the transition
- Globally competitive and resilient industry
The overarching aim of the European Green Deal is for the European Union to become the world's first “climate-neutral region” by 2050, with targets such as:
- All new cars, vans, busses & trucks zero emissions based
- Rail freight doubled
- Operational readiness of multimodal trans-European transport network (TEN)
- Three million + public charging sites erected
Challenging years will follow the European Green Deal, with some governments responding more slowly than others to the climate change that is happening for so long time that no one can say anymore it has taken us by surprise.
However, we remain optimistic, we get involved at the individual level, at business level, at country level, we must stay united, as this is the only solution we still have for our future.