In October EU leaders reached a landmark decision to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. The ambitious target will be expected to set global standards for other regions of the world to follow.
The meeting went on until the late hours of the night as there are varied interests from different nations. Poland and other Eastern European nations stressed that the targets were unrealistic due to their heavy reliance on coal as their primary power source.
The President of The European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, pledged that such nations will be given support, including additional funds to help them reach the targets set.
The UK also opposed a nationally binding target due to future projects involving shale gas and nuclear power.
Environmental groups such as Greenpeace and Oxfam have stressed that the target is not ambitious enough and leaves future generations a much larger task when tackling climate change.
But no one can deny that this is a step in the right direction with now 28 countries in the EU now having environmental targets as opposed to just 2 before the meeting.
The Environment has always and continues to be one of our top priorities at Cordant Services. We hold several accreditations including ISO 14001 (Environmental) Standard since 2008. We also enable our staff to contribute positively to the environment the internal initiatives including modules in Environmental Awareness.
Our Cleaning division searches for alternative cleaning measures such as our OZone chemical free cleaning and our Technical branch contributes by installing highly efficient mechanical and electrical products, such as LED lighting, which reduces energy consumption and overheads. Looking to the future we continue to invest heavily in projects that will benefit our clients and the environment.