Environmental Defense: Use vs. Europe


Just appointed by President Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, has left no doubt as to what the country’s policy will be in the coming years. From all points of view: human rights, international policies, but above all what is needed to do combating climate change.

Environmental Defense in US

Recently, Haley, the new president of the UN Security Council, responded during a press conference at the Glass Palace. “About climate change, the focus of this administration is that we do not want to do something that can harm our businesses. We think that we can be in the balance in the subtle line between protecting the environment while trying to continue to create a strong economy that allows companies to work and we think this balance can be achieved”.

Fair statements confirmed results published by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century Renewables Global Futures Report, which unites international organizations, trade associations, researchers and some United Nations agencies, including the United Nations Program United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Environmental Defense in Europe

The situation in Europe is different where, in the face of an entirely positive opinion, there are strong doubts as to how to enforce the CO2 emission limits. No one in Europe had anything to complain about the reform of the “emissions” regulation which has been approved just a few weeks ago (28th February 2017).

About Europe and Italy in the first row, we heard Mr. Paolo Lugiato, former CEO of Rete Rinnovabile, one of the main Italian companies about green energies. Paolo Lugiato reported that, shortly after the Kyoto Protocol was signed, the European Union launched the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme, which introduced the “cap & trade” mechanism for some industrial settlements such as electricity and heat generation. Even if international agreements have been signed aiming at the reduction of greenhouse gases, some industries were allowed to continue to pollute well above limits. This is one of the main points to correct, according to Mr. Lugiato.

In this way, the limits of CO2 emissions have become trading commodities such as oil or energy.

It remains to be understood which way is better: the american one, who have stated openly that they will do everything to encourage their businesses, even at the cost of further damage to the environment, or the european one, where polluting companies have been given quotas, but where (trading them) is also possible to pollute more than allowed (assuming you are willing to pay).