In Eastern Europe, sustainability improvement is a challenging and complex issue due to a variety of environmental and economic challenges. Whereas Western Europe is a leader in promoting sustainability and improving environmental performance.
Some of the key aspects of sustainability improvement in Eastern Europe:
- Renewable energy: In Eastern Europe, many countries are working to increase the share of renewable energy in the overall energy mix, with a focus on wind and solar energy. In Western Europe countries, ambitious targets are set to increase the share of renewable energy with a focus on wind and solar energy. Denmark and Portugal are some of the countries with a high share of renewable energy.
- Energy efficiency: In Eastern Europe countries, policies and programs were implemented for increasing energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In Western Europe countries, various policies and programs are also implemented to increase energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation.
- Climate change: In Eastern European countries, important measures are taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resilience to the impact of climate change. In Western Europe countries, various targets are set to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with policies such as carbon pricing and emissions trading achieving them.
- Sustainable transportation: Huge investments in electric vehicles, sustainable public transportation, and cycling infrastructure. In Western Europe countries, also heavy investments are done in sustainable transportation.
- Sustainable cities: In Eastern European countries, the promotion of development of sustainable cities are more focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting energy efficiency, and improving the quality of citizens’ life. In Western Europe countries also, the promotion is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the quality of life for citizens.