Environmental and policy challenges

Tackling the Global Climate Crisis​

Most global leaders have accepted that climate change is real and mainly caused by burning fossil fuels and set policies:

  • to make an energy transition away from fossils fuels; and
  • to limit the increase in global temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees centigrade.

Despite these actions, the Renewables 2021 Global Status report confirmed that in a decade we have seen almost no change (80.3% to 80.2%) in the percentage of fossil fuels in the energy mix.

Europe is taking a leadership role to reduce its carbon levels investing a third of the 1.8 trillion euro investments over the next seven years to support targets to ensure:

  • no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050;
  • economic growth is decoupled from resource use; and
  • that no person and no place is left behind (European Green Deal).

If these investments fail to hold temperatures rise to 3 degrees centigrade, climate change effects in Europe will by the end of the century result in (European Environment Agency, 2022):

60,000 additional fatalities per year from heat waves

€24 billion additional losses per year from floods

€20 billion additional losses per year from droughts

€100 billion additional losses from coastal flooding

It is time for action!

AURORA is demonstrating how people can make a difference by the choices they make reducing 13-20% of all green-house gas emissions linked to residential energy use and the 13% linked to transport choices, as well as empowering people to take ownership of new community solar energy projects.

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