“Last Friday, more than 1.4 million young people in 120 countries around the world took part in a record-breaking event. It was the first ever global school strike for the climate, and it sent a powerful message: climate change is a global threat, and we urgently need to work together to stop it.”
On 19 March 2019, The European Commission launched the first edition of the RESponsible Island Prize to reward islands for local renewable energy production.
The measures which the Commission has established to achieve the 2020 an 2030 energetic efficiency targets include a focus on greener product design (“ecodesign”) and consumer information (through energy labelling). The European Court of Auditors has recently launched a performance audit of the ecodesign and energy labelling legislation.
BusinessEurope President Pierre Gattaz said: “Europe retains many world leading firms but Europe’s performance in developing more of them is insufficient. The EU has created only 29 Unicorns since 2010 with market valuations of more than $1 Billion compared to 139 in the US and 81 in China.
Today the Commission is releasing €750 million of funding for key European energy infrastructure projects with major cross-border benefits. Supporting the construction of necessary infrastructure, contributes to the Commission’s energy policy priorities of improving energy security, whilst giving consumers more choice, and spurring economic growth and jobs. These interconnections are also essential for renewable energy sources to thrive and make Europe world number one in renewable energy.
Comments by Ska Keller, President of the Greens/EFA Group and leading candidate of the European Greens for the European elections.