Building a low-carbon society
Building a climate-friendly society is without doubt a big challenge, but it is also a huge opportunity. Making our society low-carbon will create new, green jobs and cutting-edge technologies. It will give us lower energy bills, comfortable and modern homes, cleaner air and more mobility.
The latest report on climate science from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows that much more ambitious climate action is needed to prevent climate change reaching dangerous levels. It is not too late to fix the climate. But this requires drastic and rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
The low-carbon economy is about a smarter kind of growth. It is about getting more from less. Studies show that it is feasible and affordable. If we start now we can make a smooth and cost-effective transition, whereas the bill will rise if we postpone action.
This is not a distant Utopian vision. We already have many of the necessary technologies to build a low-carbon society. The real challenge is to apply them and bring them to scale. And all of us can help with that. Whether it relates to our homes and buildings, our shopping and eating habits or our transport and travelling patterns, solutions are already out there.
Explore the highlights of the European Commission's 2012-2013 communication campaign A world you like. With a climate you like: learn about good practices, meet the campaign's partners and ambassadors and get tips for taking climate action!
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