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How Can We Achieve Carbon Neutrality
More than 110 countries including the UK and the European Union have committed to building a global coalition for carbon neutrality by 2050. This is a huge step in the right direction, but it is also imperative that all countries, cities, and large institutions strive for net zero, and cut global emissions in order to achieve this. Sustainable energy companies in Australia and worldwide understand the importance of technology in helping us achieve these targets, with renewables built from scratch costing less than the running of existing coal plants. And the good news continues- a transition into clean energy will create 18 million new jobs by 2030. So what are we doing, and what more can be done?
What is ‘Carbon Neutral’?
Carbon neutral is a term referring to the balancing of carbon dioxide emissions with their absorption from the atmosphere. This will help prevent global warming and help ensure the safety of the planet in years to come.
How Can We Achieve Carbon Neutrality?
We can all help to fight climate change by making small adjustments in our daily routines, such as less reliance on cars, reducing the use of multi-use cups, and opting for renewable energy sources. Carbon offsetting is another way to reduce emissions- offsetting emissions from one sector by reducing them in another. By investing in clean energy technologies and sustainable energy companies, we will be well on the way to ensuring zero emissions.
Unfortunately, Covid 19 has not slowed climate change. A United Nations Science report stated that emissions were soon to be back at pre-pandemic levels, with the majority of nations returning to ‘normal life’ and an increased demand for coal by power sectors. According to Faith Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, global CO2 emissions are on track to increase by 1.5 gigatonnes in 2021.
He believes that the economic recovery post pandemic is unsustainable for the climate and has called for governments to act immediately to speed the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy”.
Domestic and Industry Differences
An individual's consumption habits, whilst not immediately as impactful on the environment as larger industries and governments, have a cumulative effect on climate change. Making small changes in everyday life such as driving less, eating less meat and buying only what you need to ensure less waste, are all small but critical steps.
On a larger scale, governments and large corporations need to invest in clean energy, bringing the services and expertise of sustainable energy companies into their developments. ACCIONA renewable energy projects are a prime example of the cost-effective, reliable and sustainable developments that can contribute to helping reach carbon neutrality, whilst also providing local jobs and saving money.
It is clear that reaching carbon neutrality requires the cooperation of every facet of society, from governments and large industries, to individuals and cities. However, with strict policy and the promotion of clean energy and sustainable energy companies in Australia and globally, we can achieve our targets and create a more sustainable future.