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On 8 March, the European Commission set out its vision of how the EU can meet its objective of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by the middle of this century in the communication, "A roadmap for moving to a low-carbon economy in 2050". The Roadmap shows how key economic sectors can cut most of their emissions over the coming decades by increasing investments in clean technologies and energy efficiency measures. On the same day, The European Commission presented the Energy Efficiency Plan, which elaborated further on energy efficiency measures
“There are many benefits coming from an intelligent move to a low-carbon society. For instance, we will have less pollution, which means that the overall health of the population will improve and a fewer number of children will be sick with asthma and lung problems.” stated Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action.
The transition will involve changes in different sectors: transport, power, industry, construction and agriculture. Increased investment in clean technologies in these fields is expected to boost the economy by preserving existing and creating new jobs.
More energy-efficiency and increased use of renewable and low-carbon energy sources will reduce energy bills and will allow the EU to cut import bills of oil and gas by half. Europe will get less dependent on imports of fossil fuels from abroad; electricity will substitute for fossil fuels for transport and heating.
The EU must take these steps to prevent a temperature rise of more than 2°C which will have a devastating environmental and economic effect. By moving to a low carbon society, Europe is seizing opportunities for new growth and new jobs.
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