Trailblazer: Europe's plan to be net zero by 2050 or sooner
- Johnny Wood
- 5 min read
Europe has long been a frontrunner in sustainable energy and today it leads the way with ambitious net-zero announcements aimed at “greening” national economies. High energy dependence on imported fossil fuels and the expensive bill that goes with it, together with growing awareness of the need to curb emissions, saw the continent move early to utilize its own natural renewable resources. Not only were some European governments – both within the EU and its energy-savvy neighbors like the UK and Norway – among the first nations to issue commitments to reach net-zero emissions, some have also enshrined these targets into law. But a sustainable future rests on more than merely adding additional renewable energy capacity. Attention is turning to electrifying public and private transport, and to developing hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects to support renewable energy. Moving forward, how will this raft of clean energy ambitions translate into action? And what challenges lie ahead for Europe?