Compare And Contrast the Environmental Sustainability Practices of US Vs the European Union

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Compare And Contrast the Environmental Sustainability Practices of the U.S. Vs. the European Union. Introduction Preserving the planet's natural resources is an urgent international issue that calls for concerted action from all governments. The U.S. and the E.U., as the two leading actors in setting environmental laws and practices, have an enormous obligation to lead the charge in the battle against climate change and the protection of biodiversity for future generations. Both areas have responded to terrible circumstances by trying to improve their sustainability, but the strategies they have used and the results they have achieved are pretty different. This study aims to examine the similarities and differences between American and European approaches to environmental sustainability. The European Union has taken an all-encompassing and coordinated strategy to combating climate change, propelling it to the forefront of environmental sustainability. The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Pollution Trading System (ETS) are two examples of the E.U. dedication to its lofty goals of lowering greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the percentage of renewable energy sources, respectively, as shown by the E.U.'s Climate and Energy Package. As a further step toward a more sustainable and resource-efficient economy, the European Union's circular economics Action Plan stresses an environmentally friendly production and use model by seeking to reduce waste and increase recycling efforts. However, the United States has taken a more piecemeal approach to environmental sustainability, with regulatory frameworks and laws ranging from federal to state. While laws like the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act show that the United States is serious about protecting the environment, it isn't always easy to promote a unified national approach to sustainability when states have such different objectives and points of view. Despite this dispersion, the adoption of renewable energy
sources, energy efficiency, and waste management have all made significant progress in certain states. While both the E.U. and the U.S. recognize the value of sustainability in the environment, we contend that the E.U. has a clear advantage over the U.S. in successfully combating global warming and promoting environmentally friendly behavior thanks to its comprehensive policy framework, determined energy efficiency targets, and its ecologically friendly the strategy. Policy Framework Through the adoption of several legislative packages, the European Union has shown that it takes an all-encompassing and coordinated approach to environmental sustainability. Coordination among member nations and a shared commitment to combating climate change is central to E.U. climate policy (Erbach, 2015). Carbon dioxide emissions are to be cut by 20% by 2020 (Erbach, 2015), the percentage of green power is to be increased to 20% by 2020, and energy efficiency is to be improved by 20% by 2020 (20-20-20 objectives) in the E.U.'s Climate and Energy Package. In contrast, the United States runs under a more decentralized structure, with federal, state, and municipal regulations all operating independently of how federalism affects environmental policymaking in the United States. California and New York states have been ahead of the curve in adopting aggressive objectives for renewable energy (Kimber, 2016). The absence of a consolidated national strategy has led to various degrees of ecological commitment throughout the country. Clean Energy and Efficient Use of Energy The European Union has lofty goals for increasing the use of renewable energy sources and reducing energy waste. The European Union's (E.U.) dedication to renewable energy sources has been crucial to its achievement in cutting carbon dioxide emissions. Wind and solar power, among other renewable energy sources, have made significant inroads into the electricity systems
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