This article provides general information about the European Green Deal, the roadmap to its implementation and comparisons with previous climate policies.
What is the European Green Deal?
The EU Green Deal is the new growth strategy for Europe and a dedicated roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable. The goal of the European Green Deal, presented by the European Commission in December 2019, is for Europe to become the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Achieving carbon-neutrality by 2050 requires a move away from coal, oil and natural gas as well as a comprehensive restructuring of the economy, including agriculture, transport and private energy use. In the words of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission: “This is Europe’s man on the moon moment. Our goal is to reconcile the economy – the way we produce, the way we consume – with our planet and to make it work for our people.”
Who is leading the work on the European Green Deal?
Frans Timmermans serves as European Commission Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal. He is leading the Commission’s work on the European Green Deal and the first European Climate Law to enshrine the 2050 climate-neutrality target into EU legislation. Such law aims at turning the political commitment into a legal obligation and a trigger for investment.
What do we know about the roadmap of the European Commission for the European Green Deal?
The publication of the European Green Deal Communication is only the beginning of a long journey. A set of key actions is included in the roadmap published by the Commission. Individual actions are expected to be taken up starting from 2020, as shown in the indicative timetable.
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