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Gary Wilde

Administrator
Staff member
Climate change and environmental degradation are an existential threat to Europe and the world. To overcome these challenges, Europe needs a new growth strategy that transforms the Union into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive economy where
  • there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050
  • economic growth is decoupled from resource use
  • no person and no place is left behind
The European Green Deal is our road-map for making the EU's economy sustainable. This will happen by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities across all policy areas and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

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Actions
The European Green Deal provides a road-map with actions to
  • boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy
  • restore biodiversity and cut pollution.
It outlines investments needed and financing tools available, and explains how to ensure a just and inclusive transition.
The EU will be climate neutral in 2050. To do this, we proposed a European Climate Law turning the political commitment into a legal obligation and a trigger for investment.
Reaching this target will require action by all sectors of our economy, including
• investing in environmentally-friendly technologies
• supporting industry to innovate
• rolling out cleaner, cheaper and healthier forms of private and public transport
• decarbonising the energy sector
• ensuring buildings are more energy efficient
• working with international partners to improve global environmental standards

The EU will also provide financial support and technical assistance to help people, businesses and regions that are most affected by the move towards the green economy. This is called the Just Transition Mechanism and will help mobilise at least €100 billion over the period 2021-2027 in the most affected regions.

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Timeline


Video of the European Green Deal


Actions being taken by the EU


green leaf and solar panel graphic

Climate neutral
The EU will be climate neutral by 2050. To do this, it will carry out a series of initiatives that will protect the environment and boost the green economy.



What is the European Green Deal
Making Europe climate neutral by 2050, boosting the economy through green technology, creating sustainable industry and transport, cutting pollution.

What's in it for me?
Making energy, transport and buildings greener, improving the quality of air, water and soil, producing healthier food and sustainable agriculture.

What if we do not act?
The consequences of inaction on our health, our environment and our economy.

The EU's track record on climate action
What the EU has achieved so far in modernising the economy and reducing emissions.

The EU as a global leader
Establishing international green alliances, setting global standards for sustainable growth, making climate issues part of international relations.

The Just Transition Mechanism: making sure no one is left behind
Targeted support to regions and sectors in the transition towards the green economy

Investing in a climate-neutral and circular economy


EU funded projects to green the economy
What is already being done today to create economic opportunities and help citizens and businesses cut emissions

A European Climate Law
Transforming promises into legal obligations

A Climate Pact
Public consultation to bring together regions, local communities, civil society, business and schools

The European Green Deal step by step
A checklist for the path to climate neutrality

European year of rail 2021
Increasing rail’s share in transporting people and goods

Circular Economy action plan
Changing the way we produce and consume by presenting initiatives to reduce waste, phase out single-use products and boost recycling.
 

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