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European Union targets to reduce emissions by 90% by 2040. In spite of headwinds.

Today is Tuesday, February 13, 2024.

Last Tuesday February 6 the European Union issued its most ambitious climate roadmap.

Towards the European  Green Deal goal of climate neutrality by 2050, Wopke Hoekstra, EU Climate Commissioner recommended a 90% net emissions reduction by 2040, compared to 1990 levels. While facing headwinds from angry farmers.

The agribusiness in Europe is not an easy subject.

Pressure coming not only from the high costs of a rapid green transition, but also due to water constraints or land limitation.

Not to mention potential competition, conflicts in fertile areas and certain countries with very particular challenges on environmental issues, the Netherlands for example. Recall "Nitrogen: The Netherlands’ Farm Crisis, Explained".

This gives an idea of the leval of political debate across the European Union towards a sustainable consumer lifestyle.

Click at the image below for the press release about the assessment by the European Commisson. And here for a set of questions and answers about Europe's 2040 climate target and path to climate neutrality by 2050

As an attention point, the assessment and press release fail to consider other key roles for hydrogen.

By the way, transport is another sector undergoing profound changes. Refer to this recent article from Euronews to have an idea. The EU also reached political agreement on CO2 standards for trucks and buses that amounts to a near-complete phase-out of diesel-powered models by 2040.


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Madame Marie Curie (1867 - 1934) Chemist & physicist. French, born Polish.

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