What Vienna’s experience can teach us about achieving climate transition

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The Stephansplatz in Vienna. The Austrian capital has managed to almost eliminate coal as a fuel for home heating and cut the use of oil by 70 per cent since 1995. Photograph: Getty Images

The Stephansplatz in Vienna. The Austrian capital has managed to almost eliminate coal as a fuel for home heating and cut the use of oil by 70 per cent since 1995. Photograph: Getty Images

All eyes will turn to Glasgow this week as world leaders gather for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference in a bid to create international unity in curbing carbon emissions to stave off catastrophic levels of climate change.

The European Union has already committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 – meaning it would on balance emit no more of the warming gas than is absorbed – with the ambitious interim target of cutting emissions by 55 per cent in the next 10 years.

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