The science of climate change is complex and comes with damaging ideas and comments from both sides of the debate. However, it is hard to argue with is the fact the climate of the world appears to be changing regardless of if you believe in the human involvement in climate change or not.
The response to our changing environment has been for governments to create new policies and regulations to limit the release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon tax benefits. World leaders have been working towards limiting greenhouse gas emissions since the 1990s when the Kyoto Protocol was signed by most of the developed world, the United Nations reports. Here are three other things world leaders have done to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero
In early 2019, British Prime Minister Theresa May pledged to cut greenhouse gas emission to zero within the European nation as she looked to a cleaner energy future. There have been rumors of the U.S. following suit, but no definite policy has been put into place across the Atlantic Ocean. The New York Times reveals the details of the policy introduced following news of the planned resignation of Prime Minister May. The details of the plans are yet to be released, but many expect investment in renewable energy production and tax breaks on electric vehicles.
Investing in electric vehicles
Touring many of the cities and towns of the developed world, one is struck by a lack of plug-in fueling stations for electric vehicles. The world leader in the adoption of electric passenger cars is Norway.
Not only does Norway lead the way in electric vehicle sales but, it has introduced generous tax incentives to push the sale of these cars. Norway’s conservative Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, has become an unlikely leader in the growth of the zero-emission vehicle sector, which accounted for 58 percent of new vehicle registrations in March 2019.
Creating energy efficient buildings
The governor of California may not be a world leader, but this role does head a state with the economy of a large nation. In 1978, the State of California developed a range of standards for new constructions that became known as the California Energy Code. Governor Gavin Newsom introduced the 2019 version of the code which details the standards for solar panels and thermal envelopes.
The European Union has been among the leaders when it comes to the reduction in greenhouse gases linked to hydrofluorocarbons. These gases are found in the air conditioners of the world and have been banned in the majority of new equipment produced and sold in the socio-political region. Luckily, many countries are beginning to follow the influence of the EU and move towards greener solutions.