On April 22nd, 2016, the world celebrated the Earth Day while the Paris Agreement was opened for signature. As of recently, 144 countries ratified this contract. The literature of the agreement focuses on gathering global forces for mitigating global warming. This is a historical event that brought worldwide cultures together so as to work for the greater good of Earth. There are enough members who signed the petition that can quickly fulfill the goals of the treaty by cutting down on their many sources of greenhouse fuels. However, a new study discovered that only a few countries are carrying out their part of responsibilities.
Sweden, Germany, and France Are the Only Countries in Allignment with the Paris Agreement
The Transport & Environment together with Carbon Market Watch has been working on a new report to assess the status of the countries that are members of the Paris Agreement. Despite the vast number of governments that agreed with the goals of the ecological treaty, there are only a few of them that have actually done something in this direction.
Only Sweden, Germany, and France are on track with the Paris agreement. These countries have been proactively working on the joint goal of cutting down on carbon emissions by 40%. This target should be met by the year of 2030 according to the treaty.
On the other hand, Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Poland have done the least to pursue the UE environmental goals. The report found that these countries have been avoiding instating firm legal actions against carbon accounting. Thus, there were next to zero efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions in these regions.
Other Countries Are Relying on Loopholes to Continue Business as Usual
The report is based on the intel material offered by the European Commission, such as official documents and ministerial statements. These details were then confirmed with the representatives of the EU countries that are members of the Paris Agreement. The main rival of the ecological treaty is the Emissions Trading System. The ETS continues to undermine the goals of the global agreement by issuing permits that allow heavy industries to bypass pollution regulations.
There other such loopholes that the majority of countries are trying to take advantage of. They show a tendency to aspire to continue their business as usual while at the same time trying to abide by the Paris Agreement. However, the treaty needs expensive, radical, and quick changes in order to solve the problem of global warming.
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