Reasons to reduce our consumption
of oil and other fossil fuels
77% of the energy we use to run factories, travel, provide heat and lighting, etc., comes from burning coal, gas and oil derivatives (fossil fuels), oil accounting for 44%.
Half of the world’s oil production is used for transport, which runs almost exclusively (96%) on oil derivatives. The number of journeys, by people and goods alike, is growing continually. In the global economic model, regions have become specialised, and products, raw materials and resources are often transported between regions which are far from each other. A study by the Wuppertal Institute showed that the ingredients of a strawberry yoghurt travelled 8,000 kilometres, even though they could be found within a radius of 70 kilometres. At present, in the European Union we may expect the same trend to continue .