Read our latest EU update on food, transport and buildings.

Read our latest EU update on food, transport and buildings.

In short:

  • Agriculture is responsible for over 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Experts say that if Europe were to cut its meat and dairy intake by half, net greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would decrease by 42%.
  • There are virtually “no limits” to what technology can achieve to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks, says the Volvo group CEO.
  • European Commission has presented their first strategy to optimise buildings’ and industries’ heating and cooling, a sector accounting for 50% of the EU’s annual energy consumption.

 

EU, one of the largest meat producer in the world

160223 -1In 2012, agriculture was responsible for over 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the EU. Meat production is a significant factor. Producing 1 kg of beef generates 65 times more CO2 than producing 1 kg of potatoes. During digestion and excretion, livestock also release methane, a gas 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide. The EU is the second largest producer of meat in the world and Europeans eat over 86 kg of meat per person each year. Experts say that if Europe were to cut its meat and dairy intake by half, net greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would decrease by 42%.
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Reducing CO2 from road transport together

160223 -2There are virtually “no limits” to what technology can achieve to reduce CO2 emissions from trucks, says Niklas Gustafsson from the Volvo group. What will eventually hold back progress in cutting emissions are wider societal factors, he claims. He spoke at the annual conference of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), on 16 February, entitled Reducing CO2 from road transport together.
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Smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling sector

160223 -3European Commission presents the first strategy to optimise buildings’ and industries’ heating and cooling, a sector accounting for 50% of the EU’s annual energy consumption.

By making the sector smarter, more efficient and sustainable, energy imports and dependency will fall, costs will be cut and emissions will be reduced. The Strategy is a key action of the Energy Union Framework Strategy and will contribute to improving EU’s energy security and to addressing post-COP 21 climate agenda.
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