A recent report by the IPCC draws attention to consumer behavior in meeting climate targets

“Having the right policies, infrastructure and technology to change our lifestyles and behaviors can reduce by 40-70% by 2050.” stated Priyadarshi ShuklaChairman of the IPCC Third Working Group.

Minister for the Environment and Climate Emma Kari (green) stated The report draws attention to the role of consumers “not only as policy drivers but also in concrete measures to reduce emissions, such as saving energy, eating plant-based food and switching to zero-emission transport”.

– It is encouraging that measures to solve the climate crisis often have other positive effects on people’s health, for example, he said.

Dietary choices are particularly important as researchers believe they have a greater potential to reduce emissions than transport, construction and industry. According to Helsingin Sanomat.

“In , too, the diet has huge potential to reduce emissions, although mobility is the most important thing for people here,” he said. Jyri SeppäläConsumption and Production Manager of the Finnish Environment Institute (Syke).

“The greatest potential is in plant-based diets that use only limited amounts of red meat,” he added. “Changes in feeding are difficult because they require changes in .”

The IPCC recalled that while consumer behavior can create an incentive for low-emission production of products and services, the right kind of infrastructure and technology is needed to facilitate consumer choice and enable industry to develop new products.

Kari estimates that the report sends a serious message that the climate crisis and increasing emissions are already threatening biodiversity and food, and energy security.

“One of the key messages of the report just released is that emission reductions are needed in all sectors and are urgently needed,” he said. “In particular, changes in energy systems require a move away from fossil fuels, a shift to sources and increased energy efficiency and savings.”

“This is no longer necessary not only for the climate, but also for security reasons, as the recent crises and the war in have shown.”

Kari pointed out that the recommendations presented in the report report show that there are no silver bullets to achieve the goals of sustainable development. “Everyone has a part to play – be it the state, the and decision-makers, or companies and consumers,” he told .

In Finland, the road to carbon neutrality in the middle of the next decade will be defined in the forthcoming Climate Act, which will create a framework for various economic activities.

Kari saw that the key is to phase out fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy sources.

“We must use all possible means to complete the green transition. Half a billion euros have been set aside for clean energy investments in Finland this year alone. Next, we will go through all the measures that can speed up the green transition.”

The IPCC identifies a number of actions that should be either avoided, reconsidered, or improved in order to bring about the necessary change in consumer behavior. For example, air travel should be avoided, diets should be reconsidered and energy efficiency should be improved.

– The energy efficiency of buildings is also very important in Finland, Seppälä said. “The buildings here consume a lot of energy. Energy efficiency speeds up the production of energy. “

The introduction of new technologies is key in road and rail transport: “Infrastructure should support, for example, cycling and the use of public transport. Otherwise, the changes will not be easy to implement. “

UN Secretary – António Guterres described the report as a “litany of broken climate promises” and a “file of shame,” listing empty promises that would have gotten us steadily toward the living .

“The jury has made a verdict, and it’s curse,” he said. “We are on the fast track to a climate catastrophe,” he said said in a video message.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT

Source: The Nordic Page

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