Sustainable energy: the solution to climate change

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Global warming, ocean acidification, rising sea levels and infertile farmland: we want to – and have to! – prevent these disastrous trends. At ABN AMRO, we want to help create a better world. A world in which carbon emissions are in balance with a healthy environment and society. We will achieve this balance only if government, industry and civilians join forces to learn more about it and work smarter. We want to finance the energy transition together with our clients. There’s a lot you can do, like insulate your home, install a high-functioning boiler (possibly hybrid) or give up gas entirely.

The Paris Climate Agreement (2015) and the Dutch Climate Agreement (2018)

So what exactly have we agreed regarding the transition from fossil fuels (like oil and gas) to sustainable energy (solar, wind and geothermal energy and heat recovery systems)? Under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, 175 countries agreed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions such that global warming is limited to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius. Scientists warn that if temperatures rise by much more than 1.5 degrees, there’s a good chance we will experience rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, droughts and, consequently, food and water crises. The most common greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide, which is produced by burning coal, oil and gas. The Paris Climate Agreement therefore specified that by 2030, the world will reduce greenhouse gasses by 49% compared with 1990. How the Netherlands will achieve this target is laid down in the Dutch Climate Agreement, which was finalised at the end of 2018 and mapped out by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in the following months.

What you can do to fight climate change

There are many things you can do in and around your home to reduce energy consumption, like buy LED lighting or turn off electrical appliances when you’re not using them. Perhaps it’s best to start out by measuring your consumption with a smart meter. Besides the fossil fuels you use to live comfortably, your total energy use is actually much higher. Why? Because it takes a lot of energy to manufacture things. So you’re already consuming energy when you buy and use everyday products. Your indirect energy consumption represents a huge share of your total energy consumption, largely depending on what materials are used to make these products. We are generally less aware of this, because most of the products we use are produced in Asia. If you want to take action, only buy things you really need and get them maintained, cleaned and repaired on a regular basis. And if you really want to make a difference, don’t replace your tech equipment like laptops and smartphones so often.

Bron: Wikipedia

Would you like to know what else we do to build a sustainable, better world?

Check out our sustainability page.

Jan Raes

Jan Raes

Sustainability Advisor

Jan.Raes@nl.abnamro.com +31 (0)20 383 1753