GHG Production

The Confederation of Ecologistas en Accion has produced a report on the EU’s environmental policy.The main conclusion of the report is that the EU is structurally unsustainable. Some of the indicators that indicate this ecological son:huella: the ecological footprint measures the amount of territory that requires maintaining the consumption of the European population. On average, a European uses 4 7 hectares, while the bio-capacity of the territory is only 2 2 hectares per capita.Total material requirement: Is the total amount of matter that the economy of the European Union for its operating needs. This indicator has gradually grown to an average of 514 tons per inhabitant per year. Can also be seen as most of those 514 tons are from non-renewable (88%) and the percentage importing grows each year up to 39%. This makes the environmental impacts increasingly older.Environmental regulations: analyzing the legislation, the environmental organization has detected a high degree of breach by the mainstream towards guidelines and voluntary targets, as well as lax deadlines for compliance. In any case, Ecologistas en Accion also has seen how the environmental legislation of the Union is one of the most advanced in the world.Budgetary policy: comparing the budgets allocated to the defence of the environment and its destruction, the balance is very negative.Ecologistas en Accion also stresses that the EU is immersed in a plan of construction of more expressways and high-speed (ten-t) lines, when the transport is responsible for 21% of the emissions of GHG to the atmosphere (80% of them are due to the road).The EU responsible for 24% of the greenhouse gases emitted to the atmosphere.

Europe is not going by the track to meet the Kyoto Protocol and has just put in place a plan for combating climate change insufficient.At the urban level, the exploited soil has increased in the last 10 years 20%, while the population has only done so by 6%.The common agricultural policy of the EU throws an overuse of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, water and worrying grants in great production for export. However, organic farming involves only less than 4% which is practised in the EU, although the percentage is growing.In regards to biodiversity, today there are more than 700 species in danger of extinction in Europe and the European Commission itself acknowledges that the Union’s efforts are insufficient.Finally, the production of waste has increased by 14% in recent years. Also the production of toxic substances has increased very significantly without that regulations such as REACH are getting to stop this trend. BY ECOLOGISTS IN ACTION. The environmental impact of the European Union (EU) is unsustainable, according to the study which has just published the NGO ecologists in action.

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