European Year for Development
Sustainable Development and Climate Action – November
Since the Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000, the world has made great progress in reducing poverty. But great challenges remain in all areas, and one – climate change – is among the gravest. If left unchecked, it threatens to undo development achievements of recent years and undermine future progress. It’s a particular threat to developing countries, as their economies often depend on climate-sensitive natural resources. But we are all in this together.
The Sustainable Development Goals and the international climate agreement to be adopted in 2015 are expected to engage all countries in action to fight and adapt to climate change along with tackling other development challenges. The future of our planet depends on our actions now, and together we can find solutions.
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Building a world we like, with a climate we like
The EU has consistently set the pace in tackling climate change and encouraging moves towards a low-carbon economy. Its efforts in this area date back to 1990 when the EU committed to stabilising its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at that year’s levels by 2000, a target which it met. Since then, the Union has put in place a whole series of policy measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many through the European climate change programme set up in 2000. In addition, Member States have taken specific national action. EU leaders have set some of the most ambitious climate and energy targets for 2020 and the EU is the first region in the world to have passed binding legislation to ensure these are achieved. In October 2014, EU leaders strengthened their commitment to make the European Union’s economy and energy system more competitive, secure and sustainable by adopting the 2030 climate and energy framework. For the longer term, the EU has fixed ambitious emissions targets for 2050. This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are
Our planet, our future:
Sustainable development in the European Union: key messages
LIFE and climate change mitigation
Climate Action: http://ec.europa.eu/clima/
Sustainable development: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/
Tackling climate change is one of the strategic priorities for Leeds City Council. Reducing damaging carbon emissions can save us all money and preparing for likely changes to weather patterns means that we can protect everyone’s quality of life.