Commission presents Communication on European Green Deal
On 11 December 2019, the European Commission presented the European Green Deal – its ambitious flagship project aiming at Europe becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050. The European Green Deal provides a roadmap with actions to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy and stop climate change, revert biodiversity loss and cut pollution. It outlines investments needed and financing tools available, and explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition. The European Green Deal covers all sectors of the economy, notably transport, energy, agriculture, buildings, and industries such as steel, cement, ICT, textiles and chemicals.
The following elements will be part of the Green Deal roadmap:
- the first ‘European Climate Law',
- a Biodiversity Strategy for 2030,
- the new Industrial Strategy and Circular Economy Action Plan,
- the Farm to Fork Strategy for sustainable food and proposals for pollution-free Europe,
- work for upping Europe's 2030 emissions targets, setting a realistic path to the 2050 goal,
- a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan to help meet investment needs,
- a Just Transition Mechanism will support those regions that rely heavily on very carbon intensive activities,
- a ‘Climate Pact' that will give citizens a voice and role in designing new actions, sharing information, launching grassroots activities.
Research and innovation will contribute to the Green Deal goals. The full range of instruments available under Horizon Europe will support the R&I efforts needed:
- Four ‘Green Deal Missions’ will help deliver large-scale changes in areas such as adaptation to climate change, oceans, cities and soil. These missions will bring together a wide range of stakeholders including regions and citizens.
- Partnerships with industry and Member States will support research and innovation on transport, including batteries, clean hydrogen, low-carbon steel making, circular bio-based sectors and the built environment.
- The knowledge and innovation communities run by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology will continue to promote collaboration among higher education institutions, research organisations and companies on climate change, sustainable energy, food for the future, and smart, environmentally-friendly and integrated urban transport.
- The European Innovation Council will dedicate funding, equity investment and business acceleration services to high potential start-ups and SMEs for them to achieve breakthrough Green Deal innovation that can be scaled up rapidly on global markets.
As a next step, the Commission invites the European Parliament and the European Council to endorse the Commission's proposal and to help realise it.
Annex - Roadmap - Key actions