04 Apr '17, 6pm

Europe Eliminated the Fossil Fuel Equivalent of Italy With Renewable Energy

Europe Eliminated the Fossil Fuel Equivalent of Italy With Renewable Energy

Europe's climate strategy appears to be working. For now. The Europeans were the first to embrace comprehensive targets for renewables and carbon mitigation. Although the strategies of individual member countries have been heavily scrutinized (Germany) and widely criticized (Spain), the EU's early embrace of a low-carbon strategy was influential in bringing other big emitters like America, China and India to the table for a global climate deal in 2015. In 2008, Europe approved the 20-20-20 policy designed to boost renewables to a 20-percent market share, and cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption 20 percent by 2020. It later added an ambitious 2030 target that requires the bloc to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent, and a 2050 target that calls for an 80-95 percent reduction in emissions. It's been a decade since the 2020 targets were first introduce...

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