European Green Deal: the strategy to face the environmental challenges

12/12/2019

The European Commission presented on 11 December its biggest project to achieve to be climate neutral in 2050: the European Green Deal.

In the framework of the UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, the new team of the European Commission presented one the most ambitious goals for the European Union and its citizens: the European Green Deal.

This is the new growth strategy that faces the climate and environmental-related challenges and aims to improve the well-being of people and protect our natural habitat. The Commission will propose an European Climate Law turning the political commitment into a legal obligation and a trigger for investment.

These goals requires a new industrial policy based on the circular economy. The Commission will present a ‘sustainable products’ policy to prioritise reducing and reusing materials before recycling them. Only 12% of the material used by EU industry come from recycling.

This target will require an intense change in all the sectors of our economy. One of the policy areas is focus in building and renovation to improve the energy performance. The current rates of renovation of public and private buildings should at least double.

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, has warned that “the cost of the transition will be big, but the cost of non-action will be much bigger”. Without action on climate change, the EU will see in the lifetime of our children a significant increase of premature deaths due to air pollution and heatwaves, less available water or exposition to coastal inundation or flooding. All this will also have a serious impact on the European economy.

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