The EU Green Deal is the next big step in decarbonising our economies. But it must not be conceived or perceived as a top-down plan by Brussels. We need buy-in at national level and to work to build it. When the European Commission launches the ‘Fit for 55’ package on 14 July, it will be […]
Turning the EU's climate ambition into reality
Over 120 governments have announced their intentions to bring emissions to zero by the middle of the century. And today, the European Commission launches its Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy that should receive a more prominent place in the climate debate. This is good news in view of COP26 in Glasgow later this year. The international […]
For this year’s COP26 conference in Glasgow on climate change, the host, the UK and its partner, Italy, have put the focus on an ambitious increase of the efforts to bring emissions down, on strengthening the adaptation to the impacts of climate change, on mobilising finance for climate action, and on enhancing international collaboration. With […]
This Call is launched by over 700 leading youth climate activists, climate scientists, unionists, economists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and politicians from all 27 members States, with support from over 1 million citizens (and counting).
As politicians, we need to treat societal challenges in a holistic way. Therefore, we need to search synergies between COVID-19 recovery and the Green Deal instead of playing them off against each other.
For projects which do provide public value, but which are not financially bankable, public finance must be unlocked.
For a new global deal
Attending a conference of the UN climate change negotiations is always an experience of cognitive dissonance. Sharm El Sheik, an Egyptian version of Las Vegas, purpose-built for cars and mass tourism, provides a stark illustration of the inherent contradiction plaguing the climate talks: changing everything while changing nothing. Our increasingly unstable economic, political and social […]
Fit for 55: technically, but also socially
The EU Fit for 55 package is a comprehensive attempt to make the transition to a zero-carbon society in measurable incremental steps. It is a welcome development in terms of policy. And if fully implemented, it can be transformative.
Circularity for all products, from design to end-of-life
The newly released proposals from the European Commission on the circular economy broaden the scope of product governance and design. They provide an opportunity to move towards a holistic assessment that takes the entire product life cycle into account. The sustainable product initiative in particular provides an opportunity to increase the scope of an integrated […]